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Friday, January 8, 2010

That's Too Bulky! - PH

PhotoHunt theme : Bulky

A devotee carrying a bulky kavadi

My first time getting so close to the kavadi-bearers during the celebration of Thaipusam which is observed on the full moon day of the Tamil month Thai (Jan - Feb) to make offerings to Lord Muruga.

The main participants carry beautifully decorated kavadis which are bulky and literally hooked to their bare bodies. It is a display of belief that transcends pain. The devotees go on a 4-kilometre trek with their loved ones and friends who would be chanting prayers and singing joyously beside them.

tens of sharp metal skewers are pierced into the flesh

Bulky sandals of nails

Not for me......  *ouch! ouch! ouch!* *shivers*

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