Vegetarian Festival

Devotees from the Chinese Guan Yu shrine with a religious statue among the smoke and debris from exploding firecrackers during the street procession on the streets of Ta Kua Pa, Phang Nga.

A group of devotees from the Chinese Guan Yu shrine carries a religious statue through barrage of exploding firecrackers during the night on the streets of Ta Kua Pa.

Devotees gets into the state of trance in front of the worshipping altar in the Jui Tui Chinese shrine of Phuket.

Devotees in the state of trance, which their bodies are traditionally believed to be the vessel called “Ma Song” for the Chinese gods.

A "Ma Song" of with his cheeks pierced with metal instrument by fellow devotees prior the street procession of the vegetarian festival.

A "Ma Song" with his mouth pierced with many needles in the Chinese Jui Tui shrine during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket.

Devotees of the Chinese Jui Tui shrine carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers along the streets of Phuket during the annual vegetarian festival.

A "Ma Song" of a Chinese shrine with his mouth pierced with 2 umbrellas during the street procession on the streets of Phuket for the vegetarian festival.

Pedestrians present offerings to a “Ma Song”, one of the devotees from the shrine who are traditionally believed to be the vessels of the Chinese gods, who gives them blessings in return.

A female "Ma Song" of the Chinese Sui Bun Tong Shrine with her mouth pierced with needles during the celebration of the annual vegetarian festival.

A “Ma Song” performs a firewalking ceremony during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket.

A Chinese religious statue being carried through exploding firecrackers by the devotees of the chinese shrine along the streets during the annual vegetarian festival.

Explosion, Mutilation, and Devotion, unusual religious rituals are performed during the annual Vegetarian Festival, which is celebrated by the Thai Chinese community in Phang-Nga and Phuket to display their faith in their beliefs and traditions.
© 2019 Sirachai (Shin) Arunrugstichai
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