Festival of pain

Updated: Oct 19, 2012 16:10 IST

A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine is helped with piercing palm branches through his cheeks during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
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A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine is helped with piercing palm branches through his cheeks during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

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