The local Chinese community in Thailand belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. They celebrate the vegetarian festival by piercing their own meat and setting of fire crackers. Warning: Most images depict self-mutulation.

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Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

Devotees of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine walk through exploding firecrackers as they take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants,during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

Devotees of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine stand amidst exploding firecrackers as they take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee cuts his tongue with a sword (C) as he walks through firecrackers while taking part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

Devotees of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine walk through exploding firecrackers as they take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants,during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee goes into a trance as he takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee has his arms pierced with needles as he prepares to take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in
Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them
obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee with a cheek pierced with a handgun, takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee has his cheeks pierced as he prepares to take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee with his cheeks pierced with umbrellas, takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee has his cheeks pierced with swords as he prepares to take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee with a cheek pierced with a handgun, takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee with pierced cheeks takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee bleeds after self-mutilating his mouth during a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee has his lips pierced as he prepares to take part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee cuts his tongue with a sword as he takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli TEMPLATE OUT

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee with pierced lips takes part in a procession in celebration of the vegetarian festival in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee walks on burning charcoals as he performs the fire walking ceremony, during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at Sapan Him shrine in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them attain good health and a peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee runs on burning charcoals as he performs the fire walking ceremony, during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at Sapan Him shrine in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them attain good health and a peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee runs on burning charcoals as he performs the fire walking ceremony, during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at Sapan Him shrine in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them attain good health and a peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A group of female devotees attend the fire walking ceremony during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at Sapan Him shrine in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them attain good health and a peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee performs a ritual before the fire walking ceremony, during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at Sapan Him shrine in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them attain good health and a peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with plastic tubes running through his pierced cheek, takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with a knife through her pierced cheek, takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with spears running through her pierced cheeks takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

Devotees of Jui Tui shrine carry idols amidst exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with a knife through his pierced cheeks, holds exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine brushes himself with burning joss sticks as he dances during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with a spear running through his pierced cheeks, drinks from a baby bottle during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine waves a flag as she dances amidst exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine waves a flag as she dances amidst exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with a knife through his pierced cheek, takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with spears through his pierced cheeks, takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with a spear through her pierced cheeks, takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine pierces herself with skewers before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

Devotees of Jui Tui shrine, with knives and spears through their pierced cheeks, take part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

A devotee of Jui Tui shrine, with an umbrella through her pierced cheek, takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Devotees demonstrate their faith and devotion to the gods by piercing themselves during the festival. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

Devotees of Jui Tui shrine carry idols amidst exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Vegetarian Festival In Thailand

Devotees of Jui Tui shrine carry idols amidst exploding firecrackers during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 3, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli