NSFW-Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2015

I have to say, I think this post is perfect in it’s timing. Halloween has just come and gone. Though this holiday is often equated with kids trick or treating, fun parties, and the inevitable parent tax on every bag of candy, it is also a day to celebrate horror and scare ourselves. I think the creepiest type of horror is the kind that grosses me out, gives me a sick feeling in my stomach while I grimace and look away. This post can be that for some of my readers I am sure.

On Friday last week, I shared about Chad and I’s time at a Phuket Vegetarian Festival procession. I decided at that time to keep the pictures safe for anyone that may be reading. I understand that not everyone enjoys seeing people with swords, anchors, or skewers pierced through a person’s cheek.

Today I am sharing Chad’s pictures of that procession. The photos are beautifully taken of a probably NSFW event. Be forewarned that some of them may be upsetting to you.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2015

NSFW Photos of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2015

Last Chance! Exit out of here and come back on Friday if you can’t handle body modification type pictures!

This Ma Song was not pierced, she stopped to bless our friend and her business.
This Ma Song was not pierced, she stopped to bless our friend and her business.
This Ma Song was holding a child's hand as he walked. He was pierced all over his upper body and face.
This Ma Song was holding a child’s hand as he walked. He was pierced all over his upper body and face.

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According to our friend who was born and raised in Phuket, the youngest participant in the procession this year was an 8 year old boy. This young man looks older than that, but just barely.
According to our friend who was born and raised in Phuket, the youngest participant in the procession this year was an 8-year-old boy. This young man looks older than that…but just barely.
This gentleman was impressively pierced. Our friend explained that the skewers with the soldier heads are the most heavy spiritually, so the fact that this man has many of them means that he must be very pure.
This gentleman was impressively pierced. Our friend explained that the skewers with the soldier heads are spiritually the heaviest, that he is channeling numerous spirits. The fact that this man has many of them means that he must be very pure and strong.
Tut tut it looks like rain... this guy is prepared! Haha. Sorry I couldn't resist.
Tut tut it looks like rain… this guy is prepared! Haha. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Yep, this Ma Song has a old sailing ship models figurehead (is that what its called?) through his cheek.
Yep, this Ma Song has an old sailing ship models figurehead (is that what it’s called?) through his cheek.
A female Ma Song, with minor piercings (in comparison of course).
A female Ma Song, with minor piercings (in comparison of course). I am not sure what the metal ring is that she is wearing, but I saw many Ma Songs with them.

 

A man with a spear.

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I saved the most impressive for last. A trio of anchors. Now mind you, the Ma Songs walked many kilometers (barefoot), these had to get so heavy.
I saved the most impressive for last. A trio of anchors. Now mind you, the Ma Songs walked many kilometers (barefoot), these had to get so heavy. Crazy!

Did you make it through them all? What did you feel or think? Leave a comment and let’s chat!

  14 comments for “NSFW-Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2015

  1. Elle
    November 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Jen, I went self hosting and have lost some wordpress.com functionalities and had some technical difficulties, but it is she of insaitama.com formerly known as japanorama formerly known as daysofourlives!! I am indecisive aren’t I. However, now that I have gone self hosting I guess I finally have some direction.

    Anywho!!! I made it through, just about and I really really appreciated the warnings. I prepared myself. The last 2 I had to half glance at – I got the gist, but I don’t know if I can claim to have seen them. However, the topic and the photos are fascinating and I am glad you shared.

    All the best,

    Elle
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    • andthreetogo
      November 2, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Elle! I will have to subscribe to your new site! I can totally understand the indecision, i am still feeling that way with my web design business… Why do we have to choose just one name?!?! Ack! Haha.
      Thanks for looking at them. 🙂 and for reading and commenting… I have to get back on the wagon with reading blogs and commenting. I read, but haven’t really commented much lately… Gotta be better about that. Xoxox

  2. Sue Slaght
    November 3, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Oh my goodness my stomach did a few turns! The nurse in me is imagining all kinds of complications and trips to the ER! Wow!
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    • andthreetogo
      November 3, 2015 at 7:29 am

      I know Sue! I know there are many people who have complications, but you will never be able to find anything written about that. They don’t want to lose the tourists. 🙁

  3. Jhanis
    November 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    OUCH! I scanned through the photos real quick! That boy! Oh my.
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    • andthreetogo
      November 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      I know’ that was the most disturbing to me as well 🙁

  4. Joy
    November 4, 2015 at 1:35 am

    One word – eek!!! Great to see though but how do they bear it??

    • andthreetogo
      November 4, 2015 at 6:33 am

      I have heard that many of them get some sort of injection before hand to send them into the trance state… But I have nothing to back that up.

  5. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    November 4, 2015 at 2:11 am

    That’s crazy! Holy smokes! I’m trying to picture how they do that! So fascinating. And how does the piercing relate spiritually exactly. I know you kind of explained it last time, but I could take a whole day to read about this. But, as the baby is crying, I’d better sign off this box. –Terri
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    • andthreetogo
      November 4, 2015 at 6:35 am

      I could read about it the whole day as well and get conflicting reports and probably just confuse myself. Even when I asked my friend about it, who has been asked to be a ma song (she refused to), she couldn’t explain why it went from a diet change to piercing and walking on razor ladders.

  6. Christy
    November 5, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Hey! Isn’t this our version of Thaipusam? It is a great event here! It is a Hindu festival celebrated by Tamil community. I didn’t know Phuket has something similar too! An eye opener and I notice the difference in piercing “accessories” too.
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    • andthreetogo
      November 5, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I have never heard of Thaipusam, though I know Singapore often adopts the festivals and celebrations from neighboring countries…. This one is not Hindu as far as I know, but now I am off to research Thaipusam! Thanks Christy 🙂

  7. Victoria@ The British Berliner
    November 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Goodness me! Are they real? They look extremely painful and heavy!
    Good for them though. I wouldn’t want to do it myself but I’m happy to appreciate every type of beauty LOL!
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    • andthreetogo
      November 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      They are all real. 🙂 Appreciation is definitely the route I took as well!

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