KAVADI FACES (54 images)

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Once every year, hundreds of devout Hindus take a vow to offer a kavadi (a burden) to their God,Lord Murugan, as a means to relieve a personal tragedy or calamity, or a way to express penitence. Devotees carry an elaborate contraption (called the kavadi) of lance skewers that are pierced into their skins on the chest, back, and cheeks, decorated with peacock feathers and trinkets. Or pull a chariot, or simply carry a heavy pot of milk on their heads. In a state of trance they claim to feel no...
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