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  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with his tongue and cheeks pierced by metal rods takes part in a street procession during the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 10, 2013.
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  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with his cheeks pierced by swords takes part in a street procession during the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 10, 2013.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine with metal rods carrying religious figurines piercing his cheeks takes part in a street procession as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 11, 2013.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine holds religious figurines on top of metal rods piercing his cheeks ahead of a street procession as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 11, 2013.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A female devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine has her cheeks pierced with metal rods ahead of a street procession as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 11, 2013.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine has his cheek pierced with a metal rod ahead of a street procession as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 11, 2013.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine lacerates his forehead with an axe during a street procession as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 11, 2013. Religious devotees slash themselves with swords, pierce their cheeks with sharp objects and commit other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins of the community.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with metal rods piercing his cheeks, takes part in a street procession during the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 11, 2013.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
  • Painful Sword Piercing at the Phuket Festival

    A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with his cheeks pierced by metal rods waits for the parade during the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket, Oct. 10, 2013. During the festival, religious devotees slash themselves with swords, pierce their cheeks with sharp objects and commit other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins of the community.
    Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images
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