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Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand - October 19th, 2012:
Mah Song or warrior with palm fronds pierced through his cheeks with devotees in the procession through the old Chinese section of Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand.
Mah Songs believe one of the gods has taken over their body and go into a trance like state. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is held annually over a period of 9 days in the 9th Lunar month of the Chinese calendar in honor of The 9 Emperor Gods. Taoist in origin, it is a time of spiritual cleansing. During this period of abstinence from meats and stimulants, followers believe that it will keep them healthy and pure minded. The mah song bestow blessings on the devotees that line the streets to receive them.