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Sacred Ink

Devotees of Thailand's Wat Bang Pra have their tattoo's energized while attending a festival called ''Wai Kru''. March 26, 2011 - Nakhon Chai Si, Thailand. (Credit Image: © David Longstreath/zReportage.com via ZUMA Press)

Sacred Ink: Sacred tattoo festival in Thailand

Photographer David Longstreath and zReportage (ZUMA Press) share this look into a sacred tattoo festival in Thailand.

Shrill shrieks pierce the humid morning air outside the famous tattoo Thai temple of Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Chai Si, Thailand. On this clear, hot morning more than ten thousand have gathered to be a part of festival that honors Buddhist monks and others who ink the sacred lines into the bodies of the devoted. (continued below)