I guess these vegetarians from Asia don’t mind a bit of blood as long as it doesn’t belong to any animals.

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A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine has another blade pierced through his cheek before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with blades pierced through his cheek before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine gets another blade pierced through his cheek before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine has two guns pierced through his cheeks before the beginning of a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with pierced umbrellas through his cheeks waits for a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Blood trickles down the tattooed torso of a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine as he is pierced before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with two pistols pierced through his cheeks takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Two men have their fingers pierced through the cheeks of a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine during a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine has a sword pierced through his cheek before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine has another blade pierced through his cheek before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of Chao Pho Kuan U shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of Chao Pho Kuan U shrine holds blades among the remains of exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of Chao Pho Kuan U shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of Chao Pho Kuan U shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of Chao Pho Kuan U shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of Chao Pho Kuan U shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with a sword pierced through his cheek takes part in a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with a blade pierced through his tongue prepares for a street procession during the vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee, with two guns pierced through his cheeks, takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee has a toy racing car and an apple on spike pierced through his cheeks during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees work themselves into a trance before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee has another spike pierced through his cheeks before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees work themselves into a trance before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee, with two umbrellas pierced through his cheeks, takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees gather before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees work themselves into a trance before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee cuts himself on his tongue as he takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee has racing car cut-outs pierced through his cheeks during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee with his torso wrapped in barbed wire takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee with flags pierced through his cheeks takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees work themselves into a trance before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee with blades pierced through his cheek takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

People gather during a fire-walking ceremony to celebrate the annual vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of Chao Pho Kuan U Shrine performs a fire-walking ceremony during celebrations for the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of Chao Pho Kuan U Shrine performs a fire-walking ceremony during celebrations for the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of Chao Pho Kuan U Shrine performs a fire-walking ceremony during celebrations for the vegetarian festival in Phang Nga. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine with blades pierced through his tattooed torso takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine with blades pierced through his tattooed torso takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine with spikes decorated with flags of different Asian countries takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine is assisted as a spike is pierced through his skin before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu Shrine carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine with needles pierced through his arm takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine is assisted with another spike pierced through his cheeks before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu Shrine carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu Shrine work themselves into trance before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu Shrine carry a religious statue under exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu Shrine with spikes pierced through their bodies get ready for a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

Devotees of the Chinese Kathu Shrine carry a religious statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine with a big umbrella pierced through his cheek takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

A Rather Bloody Vegetarian Festival

A devotee of the Chinese Kathu Shrine with horns pierced through his cheeks takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS

Oct 13, 2013