PHUKET, THAILAND - OCTOBER 11: A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Samkong, pierces his cheeks with spike during a procession of Vegetarian Festival on October 11, 2010 in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual ... more 
PHUKET, THAILAND - OCTOBER 11: A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Samkong, pierces his cheeks with spike during a procession of Vegetarian Festival on October 11, 2010 in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces it roots back to the early 1800's. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images) less 
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