Festival of pain

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST 13 Photos
1 / 13
Statues are placed at Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Statues are placed at Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
2 / 13
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with a gun pierced through his cheek takes a part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters)

A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with a gun pierced through his cheek takes a part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
3 / 13
Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine stand amidst exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine stand amidst exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
4 / 13
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)

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)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
5 / 13
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with knives pierced through his cheeks takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with knives pierced through his cheeks takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
6 / 13
Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine take part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine take part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
7 / 13
Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine are offered fruits from residents during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine are offered fruits from residents during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
8 / 13
Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine get into a trance as they prepare for a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine get into a trance as they prepare for a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
9 / 13
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine holds a line of exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine holds a line of exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
10 / 13
Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine turn away from exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine turn away from exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
11 / 13
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with his cheeks pierced sits in trance before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with his cheeks pierced sits in trance before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
12 / 13
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with his cheeks pierced gets ready for a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with his cheeks pierced gets ready for a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
13 / 13
Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine walk through exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Devotees of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine walk through exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2012 05:08 PM IST
SHARE
Story Saved