Thaipusam canopy

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Uploaded 12 Mar 2010
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Thaipusam is a Hindu festival, predominatley celebrated by the Indian Tamil community.

Men & Boys, as young as 10, bear various forms of Kadavi (burden) to the temple. Kadavi can be as basic as carrying pots of milk to piercing various parts of the body. Kadavi-bearers can also be seen carying decorated canopies - on their shoulders or with metal rods that pierce their bodies. A decorated canopy may also be dragged by hooks that are anchored into the skin on the back of a Kadavi-bearer.

Mouth & tounge piercings are also common place & are situated in order to prevent speaking & keep one's mind on the burden & offering ahead.

This shot was taken in Singapore.

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