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    Phuket Veggie Festival

    This is not really what I would expect to find at the Phuket Veggie Festival, it really weird and have seen nothing like it before
    Thai festival-goers turn themselves into human kebabs | The Sun |Features

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    WTF that guy should be in a freak show

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    More pics here: Parades Begin With Propeller and Two Guns

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    The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (Chinese: 九皇爺; pinyin: Jiǔhungy; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ku-ng-i; Cantonese: Kow Wong Yeh) is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is observed primarily in Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and also the Riau Islands.

    In Thailand, this festival is called Tesagan Gin Je เทศกาลกินเจ, the Vegetarian Festival. It is celebrated throughout the entire country, but the festivities are at their height in Phuket, where about 35% of the population is Chinese. It attracts crowds of spectators because of many of the unusual religious rituals that are performed.

    In accordance with the traditions, many religious devotees will perform ritualized mutilation upon themselves and one another (with the consent of, context and understanding of all involved and the practice itself) while under a trance-like state, including but not limited to: impaling through cheeks, arms, face, legs, back etc., with everything from as small as syringes to as large as is agreed upon between all members; partial skinning (the skin is not removed, just cut and flipped over); slashing of limbs, chest, stomach and especially tongue with swords, axes and knives; bloodletting; removal of tissue (normally limited to cysts) and intentionally wrapping or standing near fire crackers as they are lit.

    This is done without anesthetic, always inside or near the temples surrounded by other devotees with only iodine, petroleum jelly and surgical gloves as precautionary measures. Despite this scenario, many of the same people performing the rituals are also the people who will care for many of the people in their recovery, the actual impaling is done by doctors and physicians in the community, is planned out for weeks if not months in advance and medical teams are present in and around temple grounds for the entire time of the festival, with frequently spectators needing more help then the devotees, who remain in a trance during this process and are monitored through the entire event in case they should drop out of concentration, in which case they are immediately take to medical professionals regardless of the circumstances to minimize post trance bleeding.


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    I have observed one of the trance ceremonies, at a camp in the jungle in the hills near Chalong; it would be well up in the 'weird things I've seen' category - a walk through the trees following the sound of the drums, till we got to a place with numerous fires, things put on the fire that made it explode in greens and blues, constant drumming, some whipping, crazed dancing and the men involved would thrash about (twerking?) while waving axes, swords etc, then stop for more drinks which assist with the 'trance' state required for the piercings to go ahead. I think it went all night leading up to the piercings parade the next day.
    Voodoo stuff. I went with friends who told me to stand well back - no problem there I was a bit uncomfortable about being there at all.

    Where we live now, Chanthaburi, huge Chinese population but there is none of the piercings etc - maybe a Phuket-Chinese thing?, locally those of Chinese descent held parade around the town from shrine to shrine, all dressed in white and the parade headed by drummers and dragons. The community/events hall - about 60m x 30m set up with vege food stalls and big tables to eat at, we've been every night except Saturday and I've been lunching there too, huge variety and a nice change from regular Thai food. Tomorrow there's a culture/dance/music show followed by acrobats, and more dancing dragons.

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    Pattaya Vegetarian Festival

    WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9, 2013
    Pattaya began this year’s version of the annual Vegetarian Festival with a parade from Bali Hai to Banglamung, as well as cooking up a giant vegetable dish to serve thousands. Also on tap were lions and dragons, Chinese acrobatics, and the always exciting performance by the Eng Kor fighting team (shown here), which is made up of 108 “bandit warriors” from Chumjon Lien San Pong, Shandong province, China.

    Dragons danced through the streets and 5,000 people dined on friend noodles with peaches as the annual Pattaya Vegetarian Festival stirred up Thai-Chinese citizens and tourists alike.


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