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The Vegetarian Festival this Past weekend

Discussion in 'Social Issues' started by Afronaught, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Afronaught

    Afronaught ♫ Official Princess ♫

    The Phuket Vegetarian Festival Kicked off this weekend in Spectacular Fashion:

    Ok so what is it and why do people Pierce their Faces with Spears and swords?

    The Festival is a Chinese Tradition that Pays Homage to the nine Emperor Gods.

    In Phuket the Tradition is believed to have been started by a Chinese Opera Troupe almost 100 years ago, on arriving in Phuket many opera members fell ill to Malaria.

    They decided to adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor Gods to ensure purification of the mind and body. To everyone's amazement the opera group made a complete recovery. The people celebrated by holding a festival that was meant to honor the gods as well as express the people's happiness at surviving what was, in the early 19th century, a fatal illness.

    One of the more gruesome aspects of the festival are the various, ceremonies which are held to invoke the gods. Fire-walking, body piercing and other acts of self mortification undertaken by participants acting as mediums of the gods, Men and women puncture their cheeks with various items including knives, skewers and other household items. It is believed that the Chinese gods will protect such persons from harm, and little blood or scarring results from such mutilation acts.


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  2. smilemani

    smilemani Well-Known Member

    That dude with the swords! Holy shit man!
     
  3. Afronaught

    Afronaught ♫ Official Princess ♫

    Yeah I want to see him drink a Glass of Water after all that.
     
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  4. Private_Ale

    Private_Ale King Neckbeard

    I imagine after so many times the wounds just heal like a piercing does and that's why there's no blood, right?

    Pretty neat regardless. :)
     
  5. Afronaught

    Afronaught ♫ Official Princess ♫

    Probably.

    They are a superstitious bunch... they say the Emperor Gods Protect them but it's just Science really.

    none the less I'm not going to stick a sword through my cheek even if they payed me.
     
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  6. Private_Ale

    Private_Ale King Neckbeard

    Bah, you're no fun bud. :p:D