Sunday, 2 October 2016

Pictures From The Taoist Nine Emperor Gods Festival


 Fellow Canadian traveller Julie Bedford, 33, was taken aback by the scale of festival. 'I figured there might be a handful but everywhere you look people are getting their faces pierced.'

Chinese communities in Southeast asia are preparing for the annual Taoist Nine Emperor Gods festival, but some locals in Phuket have decided to take things further.

People show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation, pain trials and body piercing. 
The stricken troubadours adopted a vegetarian diet, paid homage to the Nine Emperor Gods and were miraculously cured

'It's an unforgettable experience,' 55-year-old Canadian tourist Barry Rafftery said as he looked on. 'I'm surprised by the lack of blood.'

The bowsprit of a large model boat was then threaded through the hole before he joined a parade through town to show off their new facial accessories with this man, who was pierced with palm leaves

Many Chinese communities across Southeast Asia go vegetarian this week for the annual Taoist Nine Emperor Gods festival, but some locals in Phuket are going the extra mile

Throughout the week people show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies - including this man with multiple skewers through his face

At a temple on the outskirts of Phuket's main town on Sunday, dozens of people put themselves to the test - like this man with a sword being pushed through his face

One man shook his head from side to side before another created a hole in his cheek with a large metal spike, watched over by medics