If the images below don’t make you cringe or give you the creeps, then nothing else would. You think Nigerians indulge in barbaric and uncivilized festivals, this one will make you have second thoughts. This is taking vegetarianism to painful new extremes.
After piercing the cheeks, lips or tongue, religious devotees thrust metal implements, often several at a time, through the holes to purify themselves in a bizarre vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand. Their suffering – they hope – draws evil out of the community around them and, in doing so, brings positive luck to their friends and village.
Called Prapheni Kin Jay or Prapheni Kin Phak in Thai, meaning the Festival for Eating Vegetables, is on until next Wednesday.
For those who do not wish to put themselves through something that will require heavy reconstructive surgery once the party is over, there are other ways to scare off dark powers.