WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Cheek Piercing with a lime

This man had a pretty serious cheek piercing going on.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Cheek Piercing kavadi

Limes played a big role in the rituals

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Cheek Piercing and back piercing

I’m not sure which I’d prefer – limes hanging from spikes in my cheeks or hooks in my back?

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Cheek Piercing - The ultimate piercing

I almost felt this guy deserved his own post. This is just madness. I guess size DOES matter.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Hindu Festival Trance - Smelling hands

This man was deep in a trance for nearly an hour, and would occasionally smell his hands.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Hindu Festival Trance - 3 men in traditional clothes

These three stood by each other for a good part of the night, without saying a word to each other.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Cheek Piercing - Massive rod

The massive rod in this guys cheeks didn’t seem to phase him at all. Minus a little drool, he almost seemed to enjoy it.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Hindu Festival Emotions - Near tears

This devotee almost seemed to be dressed in drag. Those surrounding him helped disrobe him, and he almost seemed in tears of relief.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Hindu Festival Emotions - pain or sadness

There were emotions being poured out in every direction. This man seemed to be in pain or a well of despair.

WSE Travel - Day 3 of Thaipusam - Cheek Piercing - Removing the rod

Finally, after hours of being bumped, and gallons of drool, this devotee was ready to have his rod removed from his mouth (this could really be misinterpreted if read out of context).

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