Thaipusam Rituals, Hooks & Self Mortifications
(the stuff you’ve not-so-secretly been waiting for)
If you’ve been following the series of Thaipusam articles, you’ve probably seen the build up from the details surrounding the Hindu Festival, photos from the opening ceremonies in Kuala Lumpur, and photos from the 15 kilometer pilgrimage to Batu Caves. This photo essay covers the climax of the ceremonies! It starts at 4am on the night of the full moon upon our arrival back to Batu Caves from our guesthouse in KL. It goes on through rituals, climbs of hundreds of steps into the holy caves, people falling into trances and losing themselves completely (in order to be found?). There are also lots of photos of self mortification. Hooks, skewers, rods, spikes – all of which have been pushed through the flesh of the devotees, and even the ritual of their removal at the end of this post. It’s not for the squeamish, but it’s certainly a fascinating look into another world, and another way of living. Enjoy!
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