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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.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Andrew Johnson

    April 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Hray man check wrout my rar see herrocopter!

  2. Dallin Rhoads

    April 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    why is it called the vegetarian festival? is there an important part about my diet i’m missing out on? 😮

    • CVLT Nation

      April 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      It’s called the Vegetarian Festival because devotees are expected to abstain from eating any meat or dairy products for nine days during the festival. You are probably missing the metal component in your diet – try adding in some wrenches, swords or guns to your meals.

  3. natures_f00d

    April 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Ugh this posts reeks of Eurocentric white atheist snobbery. No one gives a fuck if you’re an atheist. And if they do that shit, let them do that shit. As if white hipsters don’t participate in shit like suspension or watch circus freaks at Coney Island.

    • CVLT Nation

      April 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Lick my axe

      • natures_f00d

        April 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Why? I just stated my opinion.

        • CVLT Nation

          April 15, 2014 at 1:13 pm

          I know! So was I!

          • natures_f00d

            April 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

            Well then thanks for deleting my comment!

          • CVLT Nation

            April 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm

            Oops! That was an honest mistake! It was showing up twice, fixed!

  4. Barking dog

    April 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Well this is a dumb tradition if I ever seen one.

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