Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Leave Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night for little children, Thailand has a serious hard-core spiritual holiday that can scare almost anyone. Let me introduce you to the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Vegetarian Festival in Phuket is notorious for the wide array of spiritual rituals, performances and traditions. Both men and women perform rituals to invite the spirits down to enter specially selected people. These special people walk on the streets with their cheeks pierced and blood dripping down. They even walk on layers of burning coal. I supposed they don’t feel pain as they walk in some sort of trans.

By the end of the festival they let the spirits go back up. The festival lasts for nine days.

More pictures available here and here.

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