Last year we already featured a gallery about the bizarre rituals of the Vegetarian Festivals on Phuket in Thailand. This year we are doing another gallery of the local Chinese community that beliefs 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. Again a strong warning because of Most images depict self-mutulation.

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine takes a part in procession during the annual vegetarian festival through central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine carry a statue and another devotee through exploding firecrackers during the annual vegetarian festival procession through central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with piercing before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during the annual vegetarian festival procession in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A tattooed body of a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is pierced before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine cut himself with a saw during a street procession of the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

People take pictures as a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with piercing before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with two guns pierced through his cheeks takes a part in procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine take a part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with parts of car wheels pierced through their cheeks take a part in procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Blood drops from the face to the stomach of a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine as he takes a part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped to pierce two toy guns through his cheeks, during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine carry a pierced man through exploding firecrackers during the annual vegetarian festival procession in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine pierced with a part of a car wheel, waits for beginning of a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with piercing before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with his piercings before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine cuts himself on his back with an axe during the annual vegetarian festival procession through central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine carry a statue and another devotee through exploding firecrackers during the annual vegetarian festival procession through central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced takes part in a procession during the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

The tattooed body of a devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine is pierced before a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced takes part in a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cut themselves with axes during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with a piece of wood pierced through his cheek gets ready for a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

The lips of a devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine are pierced before a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced gets ready for a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with swords pierced through his cheeks takes part in a procession during the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced gets into a trance before a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine carry a statue during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine prays as he gets into a trance before a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu shrine with their faces pierced take part in a procession during the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his tongue pierced grimaces during a procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Vegetarian Festival Thailand 2012

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced takes part in a procession during the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

Oct 22, 2012