The Vegetarian festival takes place Phuket during late sept/early  October each year for nine days and is intended to bring good luck to the individual as well as the community for the next year. Each of the main temples in the town are given the honor of letting the procession begin at their location.The Ma Song are devotees who are believed to pocess supernatural powers and use self torture such as body piercing, walking on fire, andexposure to fireworks to inflict pain upon themselves in order to protect the community from future suffering. The last night all of the Ma Song lead a procession through town where they literally walk through continous fireworks for over 5 hours which are intended to scare away demons who are affraid of the loud noise. Participants dress in white and refrain from eating meat during the length of the festival. last night of the Nine Emperor Gods procession through the town. (image by Christopher Brown)
The Vegetarian festival takes place Phuket during late sept/early October each year for nine days and is intended to bring good luck to the individual as well as the community for the next year. Each of the main temples in the town are given the honor of letting the procession begin at their location.The Ma Song are devotees who are believed to pocess supernatural powers and use self torture such as body piercing, walking on fire, andexposure to fireworks to inflict pain upon themselves in order to protect the community from future suffering. The last night all of the Ma Song lead a procession through town where they literally walk through continous fireworks for over 5 hours which are intended to scare away demons who are affraid of the loud noise. Participants dress in white and refrain from eating meat during the length of the festival. last night of the Nine Emperor Gods procession through the town.
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