You could possibly be forgiven for believing some of the society and customs here in Phuket, Thailand are a bit bizarre.
Recently started with a bang (well, a great deal of raps really) as the Phuket Vegetarian Celebration got underway.
Ten days of celebration adhere to.
That’& rsquo; s the traditional lighting of fire-crackers at every opportunity. The beating of drums as loudly as feasible. And everybody suited up completely in white clothing.
Unsurprisingly, individuals also quit consuming meat.
It’& rsquo; s true that the festival could be rather loud.
Yet the sound is nothing reviewed to the gruesome antics of the Ma-Song (‘& lsquo; enchanted horses’ & rsquo;-well they are called equines but they’& rsquo; re in fact people)…
The Ma-Song claim that throughout the days of the festival they are possessed by The The lords.
The Gods obviously offer them superordinary energies and compel the Ma-Song to do acts of self-torture.
This is supposed to move fiends from the Ma-Song to the Gods.
I’& rsquo; ve seen Ma-Song with all kind of odd products piercing their physical bodies …
From a canoe paddle to a yard spade.
And on a smaller scale – a pineapple stalk still connected to the pineapple appears to be a preferred selection.
If you don’& rsquo; t think me take a look …
This fella has actually plainly selected bananas rather than pineapples.
As if that were not nearly enough, the Ma-Song climb bladed ladders, walk over cinders and bathe in warm oil – normally with their piercings still in one piece.
They show up to be in a hypnotic trance – I suppose you would as well if you had a pineapple or yard spade piercing your face.
Yet this is not to be ignored …
In 2012 one devotee was gravely taken care of for piercing a pigs tongue and trying to pass it off as his very own.
Fortunately is the celebration generates around 200 thousand Baht from tourist.
Phuket Vegetarian Celebration has been held yearly considering that 1825.
And it always falls on the first day of the 9th month of the lunar calendar.
Maybe following year you might assume regarding joining in?