Hindu believers celebrating the festival of Thaipusam [Thaipusam, Festival Ekstrim kaum Hindu]


More than a million Hindu believers gathered in the Malaysian temple-cave to celebrate the colorful Hindu festival of Thaipusam. During this festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (spear) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. On the day of the festival, devotees shave their heads and undertake a pilgrimage along a set route while engaging in various acts of devotion, notably carrying various types of kavadi (burdens). At its simplest this may entail carrying a pot of milk, but mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers is also common.

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