Pain for Gain in Phuket

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    Oct. 3: A devotee of the Chinese Shrine Ban Tha Rue, with his cheek pierced with swords, looks on during ceremonies at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival celebrates vegetarianism and calls on devotees through self mortification to purify themselves as they take on the sins of the community. Each of the main shrines in Phuket will hold processions)

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    Oct. 3: A devotee with rods pierced through his cheeks participates in a rally to mark annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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    Oct. 3: A devotee gets his body pierced before joining a procession to celebrate the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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    Oct. 3: A devotee who has pierced rods through his cheeks joins a rally to mark the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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    Oct. 3: A devotee of the Chinese Shrine Ban Tha Rue works himself into a trance prior to a procession at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival celebrates vegetarianism and calls on devotees through self mortification to purify themselves as they take on the sins of the community. Each of the main shrines in Phuket holds processions.

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    Oct. 3: A devotee of the Chinese Shrine Ban Tha Rue works himself into a trance prior to a procession at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival celebrates vegetarianism and calls on devotees through self mortification to purify themselves as they take on the sins of the community. Each of the main shrines in Phuket holds processions.

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    Oct. 3: A devotee of the Chinese Shrine Ban Tha Rue accepts blessings during ceremonies at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival celebrates vegetarianism and calls on devotees through self mortification to purify themselves as they take on the sins of the community. Each of the main shrines in Phuket will hold processions.

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    Oct. 3: A devotee of the Chinese Shrine Ban Tha Rue works himself into a trance prior to a procession at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival celebrates vegetarianism and calls on devotees through self mortification to purify themselves as they take on the sins of the community. Each of the main shrines in Phuket holds processions.

    AP
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    Oct. 3: A devotee of the Chinese Shrine Ban Tha Rue has his face pierced prior to a procession at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival celebrates vegetarianism and calls on devotees through acts of mortification to purify themselves as they take on the sins of the community.

    AP
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    Oct. 3: A female devotees of the Chinese Shrine Ban Tha Rue walks with swords piercing her cheeks during a procession at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The festival celebrates vegetarianism and calls on devotees through acts of mortification to purify themselves as they take on the sins of the community.

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