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Thaipusam prt1

Thaipusam prt1

We got up early to find us a parking place as close as possible to the Batu Caves. I was told that there would be a huge crowd on the loose, to celebrate ‘Thaipusam’. It’s a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. It looked like an enormous ritual: “On the day of the festival, devotees will shave their heads and undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, notably carrying various types of kavadi (burdens). At its simplest this may entail carrying a pot of milk, but mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers is also common. The simplest kavadi is a semicircular decorated canopy supported by a wooden rod that is carried on the shoulders, to the temple. In addition, some have a small spear through their tongue, or a spear through the cheeks… The Kavadi itself is a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from the God Murugan. (Wiki) “. An impressive day…

Thaipusam prt2

Thaipusam prt2

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Thaipusam prt4

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Thaipusam prt8

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Thaipusam prt9

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Thaipusam prt11

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Thaipusam prt12

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12 comments
  1. Malin Ellisdotter H said:

    Very cool… Or as you say impressive. Powerful feeling and great photos.

    • Thanks. So many people; all kinds of rituals and blessings going on; some of the devotees were in a trance, going out of their brains sometimes. And lots of photographers trying to get the best positions… And one of them was me…

  2. It’s great to see how the other half live
    It’s amazing

  3. It seems to me that some of these have MORE than all of the qualities that a National Geographic (not to mention it) would want…
    I’m thinking mostly the 2, 7 and 13… but that’s my taste only… some others are also quite stunning.

  4. Lovely description. Amazing Hindu culture. Thanks for this great post

  5. Beautiful and colorful country! I truly miss living in Malaysia.

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