Photo Essay: Day 3 of Thaipusam – Rituals with Hooks *Viewer Discretion Advised*
This is a close up of the Kavadi (burdens) found hooked in the back of the spiritual guru.
I’m not sure if size matters – but this guy had some pretty big hooks compared to the rest of them.
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).
It seemed age was no prejudice at Thaipusam. Here a young teenage boy carries his milk filled urn to Batu Caves.
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).
This man carried his Kavadi in the form of both hooks with small, yellow clothed urns and a hook through the cheeks and tongue
His back was so full of hooks and urns that you couldn’t see the skin
I don’t know the significance of the colours. Most people wore yellow, but this man wore red
This late-night shop relies on the trust of others to wake them for the transactions
This appeared to be a holy man, who was more ornately dressed with head gear, an entourage and flaming plates
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