Cross and hooks

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© Richard Seah
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This is my submission for "Faith".

To me, it represents faith beyond religion - faith in the One God who is worshipped in all religions, faith that the One God would not penalise a person for embracing the icons, symbols and rituals of different "faiths".


Thaipusam is a Hindu festival in which devotees pierce their bodies with hooks, needles or skewers as an act of sacrifice.

In 2004, I captured this remarkable image of a Thaipusam participant wearing a crucifix, or Catholic cross.

The person could well be a Catholic, because occasionally there are non-Hindus who take part in the festival. (One year, a German journalist did.)

More likely, he is a Hindu - because Hinduism is a very open religion and its followers readily accept the gods and deities of other religions.

In the Hooked and skewered photo essay.

5 responses

  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    good choice

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (23 Jul 2008):

    Unique entry, and I vote Yes.

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (22 Sep 2008):

    Good entry and very different point of view here. Voted "yes".

  • Lauren Hirsh

    Lauren Hirsh said (31 Mar 2009):

    Wow this is an amazing photo, I never knew something like this existed. Thank you so much for sharing :)

  • Leanne Silva

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