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Extreme acts of self-mutilation in Thai vegetarian festival

Published on Oct 21, 2012 4:16 PM

THAILAND - Religious devotees slash themselves with swords, pierce their cheeks with sharp objects and commit other painful acts to purify themselves in the annual vegetarian festival in Thailand.

The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.