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Thaipusam 2019: Devotees Undergo Oral, Body Piercing

World | Associated Press | January 21, 2019, 12:05 pm
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 Hindu devotees with hooks embedded into his backs participate in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Jan. 21, 2019. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. (Image: AP)

Hindu devotees with hooks embedded into his backs participate in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Jan. 21, 2019. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage with his cheek pierced with a metal rod in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage with his cheek pierced with a metal rod in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu devotee rolls on the ground in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

A Hindu devotee rolls on the ground in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced with a metal rod as she participates in a religious procession during Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced with a metal rod as she participates in a religious procession during Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Malaysia. (Image: AP)

A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Malaysia. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu woman devotee gets her cheeks pierced with a metal rod as she participates in a religious procession during Thaipusam festival in Malaysia. (Image: AP)

A Hindu woman devotee gets her cheeks pierced with a metal rod as she participates in a religious procession during Thaipusam festival in Malaysia. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage after a procession during the Thaipusam festival. (Image: AP)

A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage after a procession during the Thaipusam festival. (Image: AP)

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 A giant statue of Lord Murugan stands next to the 272 steps leading up to the Batu Caves temple at dawn during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

A giant statue of Lord Murugan stands next to the 272 steps leading up to the Batu Caves temple at dawn during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Image: AP)

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 A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage in a procession during the Thaipusam festival. (Image: AP)

A Hindu devotee carries a Kavadi offering cage in a procession during the Thaipusam festival. (Image: AP)

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