The annual Vegetarian festival  held in the 9th lunar month in Phuket.It began 150 years ago in Kathu districy by Chinese immigrant tin miners.
Devotees known as "Ma Song" go into a trance as they are possessed by
Gods and endure body piercing and relentless barrages of fireworks but show no outward signs of pain. They bring the evil spirits to themselves in order to keep the spirits away from their followers and bring good luck to the community for the next year. (image by Christopher Brown)
The annual Vegetarian festival held in the 9th lunar month in Phuket.It began 150 years ago in Kathu districy by Chinese immigrant tin miners. Devotees known as "Ma Song" go into a trance as they are possessed by Gods and endure body piercing and relentless barrages of fireworks but show no outward signs of pain. They bring the evil spirits to themselves in order to keep the spirits away from their followers and bring good luck to the community for the next year.
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