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Devotee of the Hindu deity Murugan fainting while demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden
At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, Malaysia

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Sheryl's lovely flower; Georgetown, MalaysiaSheryl's lovely flower; Georgetown, MalaysiaEthnic Tamil devotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying bamboo poles at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaEthnic Tamil devotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying bamboo poles at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaEthnic Tamil devotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying bamboo poles at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaEthnic Tamil devotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying bamboo poles at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaFlower garlands at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaFlower garlands at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotees of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival, climbing the stairs to the Chettiar Nattukkottai Temple; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotees of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival, climbing the stairs to the Chettiar Nattukkottai Temple; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying ropes and hooks removed from the skin of worshippers who have demonstrated devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee who pulls at the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying ropes and hooks removed from the skin of worshippers who have demonstrated devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee who pulls at the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan fainting while demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan fainting while demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaKid blessed by priests of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaKid blessed by priests of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaKid blessed by priests of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaKid blessed by priests of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotees of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing milk pot offerings at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotees of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing milk pot offerings at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering (and a newly-blessed baby) at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering (and a newly-blessed baby) at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering (and a newly-blessed baby) at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan bearing a milk pot offering (and a newly-blessed baby) at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying a newly-blessed baby at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying a newly-blessed baby at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying a newly-blessed baby at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan carrying a newly-blessed baby at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaMilk pot offering to the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaMilk pot offering to the Hindu deity Murugan at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh by walking on nails; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh by walking on nails; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaLittle girl at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaLittle girl at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaNewly-blessed baby at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaNewly-blessed baby at the Thaipusam festival; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes. The cheeks and tongue are pierced with ceremonial spears; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaSheryl with a crushed flower under her hat; Georgetown, MalaysiaSheryl with a crushed flower under her hat; Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The piercings make eating impossible and drinking difficult - another worshipper is helping out with a plastic straw; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by bearing a ceremonial burden and suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The piercings make eating impossible and drinking difficult - another worshipper is helping out with a plastic straw; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by  suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god by suffering piercings with hooks through the skin and symbolic spears through the cheeks and tongue. The worshippers are hung with milk pot offerings from each hook; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaDevotee of the Hindu deity Murugan demonstrating devotion to the god through mortification of the flesh. Hooks are pierced through the skin of the back and the worshipper pulls behind them a ceremonial burden in the form of another devotee holding the ropes; At the Thaipusam festival, Georgetown, MalaysiaSchool bus; Georgetown, MalaysiaSchool bus; Georgetown, MalaysiaOffering at a street-side shrine; Georgetown, MalaysiaOffering at a street-side shrine; Georgetown, MalaysiaEncouraging combination of signs; Georgetown, MalaysiaEncouraging combination of signs; Georgetown, MalaysiaWall; Georgetown, MalaysiaWall; Georgetown, MalaysiaWall and sign; Georgetown, MalaysiaWall and sign; Georgetown, Malaysia