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The Gods Must be Crazy…
Phuket Vegetarian Festival Part II

There are many things that make me very happy to be a heathen atheist – celibacy, promise rings, creationism, the Westboro Baptist Church and the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. I did a post a while ago about this insane procession of devotees to the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods that happens in Phuket, Thailand every year. Medical staff stand by to pierce a devotee’s cheeks with what looks like an ice pick, and also looks very painful (see the video below), before stuffing the subsequent hole with whatever crazy shit they brought with them in order to please the gods – an AK, swords, wrenches, hubcaps, dominos and the list goes on. And then there are the guys who lick axes and swords so that they bleed all over themselves, and the guys who wrap their naked torsos in barbed wire. It’s funny that I can handle giving birth, with all the hours of blood and pain that entails, but looking at these pictures and watching the video of the actual piercing makes my fucking skin crawl!

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A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced takes part in a procession during the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket

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A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine has another blade pierced through his cheek before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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