Thai Piercing and Pain Festival (Warning: Graphic)
November 13, 2006 | by 孫子

The Chinese community in Phuket, Thailand, has ended its period of abstinence with a festival featuring people who pierce their bodies and go through self-inflicted pain in the belief they are driving out their demons.

Thailand’s Chinese spend the ninth month of the lunar calendar abstaining from meat and various stimulants in the belief that doing so will bring them health and peace of mind.


Piercing and fire-walking are among the activities devotees undertake in what they hope will purge their bodies of evil spirits.

Thailand is host to many vegetarian festivals toward the end of October each year. The festivals get their name because so many participants have given up meat over the previous weeks.


Phuket’s vegetarian festival is one of the biggest in Thailand and has become a popular tourist attraction, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. About 10,000 onlookers are believed to have attended the festival finale over the weekend.

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10 Comments
  • shit, and i thought plugging was bad….

  • this is so cool and weird and i love it LOL LOL HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA MY FRIEND thanks your GAY SORRY LOL

    sorry
    emily

  • ya know, I’m spiritual too, but i dont really find it at all necessary to put swords in my face. gross. ………….. and ew. ow,
    and ew again just because there are pictures. …….. did i mention ow?

  • The hindoes in Singapore and Malaysia have something similair called Thaipusam.
    Thaipusam celebrates the birthday of the Hindu deity Subramaniam. Hindus show the sincerity of their faith. It is a time for making and fulfilling vows. Devotees pray for divine help and make vows. When their prayers are answered, they fulfil their vows.

    To do this, a devotee would pierce his cheeks, tongue, face or other suitable body parts with sharp objects. Next his friends or relatives load a *kavadi on his shoulder. Finally, in a trance-like manner, he goes on a 4km journey of faith.

  • Wow…WTF….wow crazy…

  • oh crap…poor them

  • Just so painful…

  • Saw this in a tattoo mag, a guy actually had what looked like m16 or m4 rifle barrells through his cheeks, and there was a guy with the neck of a guitar through it. Its awesome and really want to take part if i could lol. They proceed to using larger objects through the cheeks once they pierce them first with a knife that has a blade going from 1" at tip, upto 3" wide at base depending on what they may use, fair play to them, a rite of passage really to feel better about themselves and their lives.

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