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Purification ritual

A Hindu devotee gets pierced with spikes, flowers, milk, lime and fruits sewed to his body during the annual Hindu Thaipusam Kavady festival held at Shree Emperumal Hindu Temple in Mount Edgecombe township, some 42 kms north of Durban on February 11, 2012. The festival is a purification ritual offering prayers, penance, observing a strict month long vegetarian diet and celebrating the birth of Hindu god, Muruga. RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images
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