The text reads: “A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Jui Tui has his  cheeks pierced as he takes part in a procession to mark the annual  Vegetarian Festival in southern Thailand’s town of Phuket on October 14,  2010. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month  and lasts for nine days, with many religious devotees slashing  themselves with swords, piercing their cheeks with sharp objects and  committing other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins  of the community. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)”

The Big Picture: Scenes from Thailand

The text reads: “A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Jui Tui has his cheeks pierced as he takes part in a procession to mark the annual Vegetarian Festival in southern Thailand’s town of Phuket on October 14, 2010. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days, with many religious devotees slashing themselves with swords, piercing their cheeks with sharp objects and committing other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins of the community. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)”

The Big Picture: Scenes from Thailand

Cold Pleasure Photography by vishstudio

Cold Pleasure
Photography by vishstudio