Devotee

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his tongue pierced grimaces during a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket, Thailand.  The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.

( REUTERS photo / October 22, 2012 )

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his tongue pierced grimaces during a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket, Thailand. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.

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