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Piercing Religion Ritual Self Sacrifice Faith Suffering

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By TheCoverStory

Description:
A devoted spirit medium believed to be possessed by a god endures extreme piercing. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival celebrates the beginning of Taoist Lent on 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, when devout Chinese abstain from eating meat, sex, alcohol and other vices. Believers dress in white. Shopkeepers set up small alters with offerings and 9 cups of tea to the 9 emperor deities honored festival mythology. Mediums bring the 9 gods to earth entering a trance state and piercing themselves in bizarre and weird ways. Spirits of gods possess the mediums who participate in daily processions through town where they stop at storefront alters offering blessings to the merchants. The self torture is believed to shift evil from individuals to the mediums and bring the community good luck. Young men carry alters of the deity images though town where merchants cover them with huge strands of firecrackers. The louder and longer blasts are best to drive away evil spirits.

Additional Information

Item ID:
42713744
Usage:
Editorial
Duration:
00:00:22
Looping:
No
Alpha Matte:
No
Alpha Channel:
No
Model Released:
No
Property Released:
No
Location:
Phuket Town, THA
Compressor Name:
Apple ProRes 422
Average Bitrate:
126 Mbps
Bit Depth:
24
Audio Channels:
2
Audio Format:
in24
Audio Sample Rate:
48000