BangkokMap: Vegetarian Festival 2015 - Business Office 1

My favourite Phuket Thailand festival is over for some other year! The vegetarian festival is only a footling fleck crazy. H5N1 lot of people expect at photos together with can't quite empathize what or why. The photos that larn shown most frequently exhibit the pierced faces together with peradventure a fleck of blood for expert measure. Sorry for that inward advance! The festival lasts xi days. This twelvemonth it started on twelfth Oct together with the in conclusion ceremonies were on 22nd October. There were morn street parades inward Phuket Thailand Town every twenty-four hours from 14th - 21st October, together with plenty of local street parades together with eventide events such equally burn downwardly walking together with bladed ladder climbing. There's a lot going on. H5N1 lot to see. And the nutrient too! The full general view is that people volition swallow exclusively vegan nutrient during the festival, or at to the lowest degree the in conclusion iii days, to cleanse the body. Those who accept purpose amongst pierced faces inward the processions are known equally Ma Song, together with they are said to live possessed past times the spirits of the emperor gods. Not all direct maintain pierced faces. Some accept on the spirits of nascency together with decease gods. You meet men walking bent over similar they are 100 years onetime together with women skipping downwardly the route similar children. They likewise are Ma Song. All amongst their groups of helpers. And together with thus come upwardly groups of immature men carrying statues of the gods, together with the local people throw firecrackers into the street to greet them. The fume together with dissonance (and blood) tin live likewise much for a timid soul! The processions are to convey expert luck to the community.

I've been going to sentry parts of the festival since close 2005. The rootage few years I was inward Phuket Thailand, to live honest I had no view close the festival! I estimate it was non promoted that much. It's sure as shooting amend known now, but fifty-fifty now, y'all actually don't meet likewise many tourists watching the processions or visiting the shrines. I know most people come upwardly hither for beaches, sun, prissy food, fair enough. If this became only a tourist spectacle, it would hateful a lot less. Well, this twelvemonth I direct maintain to say, until the in conclusion few days I was non actually inward the mood for the festival. I was on vacation until Oct 17th, thus was non inward Phuket Thailand for one-half the festival, together with when I got dorsum here, I was tired together with felt no cracking wishing to wake upwardly early. Finally past times the 20th I was "in the zone" after a distich of days eating vegan nutrient (I commonly create that for the whole duration of the festival). Very early Oct 20th, I rode my scooter to Kathu shrine, non far from our house. I was at that topographic point past times only after 5:30am. The expert materials happens early.

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(above) It's early morning, the Ma Song are getting ready. Some strange materials happens. Some of them actually create expect possessed. I create create out amongst reality here. This can't live a show. Who is the exhibit for?

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(above) The same guy a few minutes later on at the shrine amongst his helpers.

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(above) And a few moments after the previous photo. Is this existent life? This all happened before dawn, timestamp on the iii photos is from 5:42 - 5:49am. And the shrine is already really crowded past times this time. There are people coming together with going, lighting incense together with candles together with maxim prayers together with at that topographic point are Ma Song all of a abrupt rushing into the shrine inward an agitated state, their helpers assistance them to set on ceremonial clothes. Some of them caput exterior to larn pierced.



(above) H5N1 video within Kathu shrine, a footling before 6am on Oct 20th 2015. You tin meet several Ma Song approach the altar inward the shrine. I endeavour my best to blend into a wall together with locomote on out of the way.

Outside the shrine, it's only equally crowded. And at that topographic point are faces getting pierced everywhere. In some past times years I direct maintain tended to accept a lot of rather gory piercing photos. Other times, to a greater extent than "spiritual" photos. Well, to live honest, there's no plan, I only hang roughly together with snap photos of what I see. There did non look to live likewise many pro photographers roughly on this day, sometimes I meet plenty of large lenses! I detect that at Kathu it tin live a footling quieter, equally I estimate the pros larn their photos before inward the festival, summation the biggest street processions from Bang Neow together with Jui Tui shrines inward Phuket Thailand Town are on the preceding ii mornings. However, I did bump into blogger Tim (Phuket Thailand-vegetarian-festival-2015-shrine">see his photos of the same morn at Kathu Shrine) together with pro Adriano (see his website @ Phuket Thailand Paparazzi). We all wandered roughly squeezing through the crowds to larn a few decent photos. Can live difficult sometimes amongst thus many people, y'all only can't locomote into the correct seat for the correct photo, or y'all direct maintain to endeavour together with stick your lens betwixt people's legs! Well, here's a distich of pierced Ma Song ...

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And a non-pierced woman someone Ma Song. Actually at Kathu at that topographic point is some woman someone piercing. Some shrines direct maintain exclusively males. The ladies who create larn pierced tend to non become overboard similar the men!

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By 6:30am, the procession was ready to locomote out the shrine together with walk to Phuket Thailand Town - together with back! About 20km of walking. On a hot day, amongst spikes inward your cheeks, or carrying statues? It's got to live difficult work. The procession starts through the onetime hamlet of Kathu together with the locals greet the Ma Song together with the gods amongst a barrage of firecrackers. Strings of firecrackers are hung on long bamboo poles together with dangled over the route equally the parade passes. Or people only throw firecrackers inward the street at the feet of the Ma Song. For xv minutes it's absolutely nuts. Taking photos is a fleck of a gamble. If y'all wishing to larn unopen to your subject, you're going to larn hitting past times shrapnel together with the fume is choking at times together with also agency y'all tin barely meet the procession! Having felt rather apathetic towards the festival this year, this was what was needed. Get out at that topographic point together with odor the smoke!

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(above) Carrying the emperor gods through the streets inward Kathu village. It's all a fleck crazy for a few minutes!

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(above) Ma Song, pierced together with non-pierced walking through Kathu village.

By 7am the procession has only close cleared Kathu. It's quite a hike to town. Now, if I had to a greater extent than time, 1 of these days, I'd similar to walk all the manner amongst the procession. Just to larn an view of what they become through. And also, 1 of these days, I'd similar to meet what happens when they provide to the shrine together with the pierced faces larn un-pierced together with presumably the Ma Song larn released of the spirits? There is a lot to meet together with empathize at the festival. Next spider web log post service coming presently (part 2) volition encompass the in conclusion nighttime inward Phuket Thailand Town. Now that actually IS crazy!
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