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15 Powerful Photos Showing The Body Piercing Rituals Of The Phuket Vegetarian Festival

As festivals go, Phuket Vegetarian Festival is completely gnarly. (Warning: extremely graphic images.)

1. The astonishing Phuket Vegetarian Festival runs from September 27–October 5.

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2. The celebrations, which coincide with the first days of the ninth Chinese lunar month, attract thousands of attendees every year.

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3. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits away from individuals and on to themselves, bringing the community good luck.

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6. The ceremonial events happen in the areas around six Chinese temples in the Thai province.

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8. The ritualised mutilation is performed under a trance-like state and is carefully supervised.

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12. Meanwhile, markets put on a vast range of vegetarian food.

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