Photo Essay: Day 3 of Thaipusam – Rituals with Hooks *Viewer Discretion Advised*
The rod slid out of his cheeks incredibly fast! So fast, that in changing my lens I missed the whole process in photographs. Flower petals were placed over the holes afterwards.
Bandages are tied around his head with the petals still in place underneath.
In this ritual, ashes are then placed over the bandages.
Once all tending to his cheeks is complete, his head dress is removed.
Finally, the holy man leading the ritual of the removal blesses the man by placing pooja on his forehead. The man falls back as if being released from a curse.
This man’s representation of Kavadi burdens comes in the form of being wrapped in heavy chains.
Having been in the caves witnessing many rituals for several hours now, it was time to start heading out. Daylight had long since been upon the world.
It seems that Kavadi burdens continued to be carried all day at Thaipusam, on the third and final day.
It is now late morning and Thaipusam Holy men continue arriving, and the rituals are just commencing for some of them!
Although we’d have liked to stay all day to continue watching the devotees, 3 days and an all nighter were certainly enough for us, and we left to go back for a midday nap.
Well – that’s pretty much Thaipusam in a nutshell for you. A very BIG nutshell!! Don’t forget to check out the specific details on Thaipusam, as well as all my photos from Day 1’s opening ceremonies , and Day 2’s beginning of the pilgrimage.
Have you ever been to a festival of this size or religious significance? Have you ever witnessed acts of self mortification in the name of a religion? Where were you and what were the details surrounding the event?
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I almost felt this guy deserved his own post. This is just madness. I guess size DOES matter.