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"The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as "Ma Song"."



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Vegetarian festival on Phukete

One of "Ma Song" devotees get ready for puncture his cheek as a part of the ritual.

Vegetarian festival on Phukete

Devotee exiting the temple after getting possessed with a spirit.

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Vegetarian festival on Phukete

Interior of one of the Chinese temples in Phuket town. During the festival each temple has it's own day for ritual street procession.

Vegetarian festival on Phukete

It's believed that this body piercing is the way to absorb bad energy, to help other people by freeing them from bad karma, illness or sorrow.

Vegetarian festival on Phukete

After ceremony holy spirit leave the body and devotees come to normal state.

Vegetarian festival on Phukete

Other devotees carry the gods' statues through a myriads of firecrackers and heavy smoke.

Vegetarian festival on Phukete

Vegetarian festival on Phukete

Vegetarian festival on Phukete

Ceremony of the last day on the sea shore. Statues of 9 emperors gods sail away on a small boat.

Vegetarian festival on Phuket

On a last day ceremony everyone wants to get blessing from one of the Mah Songs masters.
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