WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Kavadi - Many hooks in the back

This is a close up of the Kavadi (burdens) found hooked in the back of the spiritual guru.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Kavadi - big hooks on strings

I’m not sure if size matters – but this guy had some pretty big hooks compared to the rest of them.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - kavadi - welcoming smiles

Though on a difficult journey, those devotees who were not in a deep trance all seemed very welcoming to foreigners who found their way here (we were amongst the VERY few during the night).

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - kavadi - a young boy carrying his urn

It seemed age was no prejudice at Thaipusam. Here a young teenage boy carries his milk filled urn to Batu Caves.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Kavadi - figurines

Occasionally, the milk urns had figurine sleeves covering them. I imagine the figurine would be representative of Lord Murugan (who the Hindus are worshiping during the festival).

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Kavadi hooks for Thaipusam

This man carried his Kavadi in the form of both hooks with small, yellow clothed urns and a hook through the cheeks and tongue

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Kavadi hooks in back

His back was so full of hooks and urns that you couldn’t see the skin

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Kavadi red hooks

I don’t know the significance of the colours. Most people wore yellow, but this man wore red

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Hindu Festival - Late night shop

This late-night shop relies on the trust of others to wake them for the transactions

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Kavadi with flames

This appeared to be a holy man, who was more ornately dressed with head gear, an entourage and flaming plates

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