22 January 2009

Celebrating Ecstatic Thaipusam

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. In Malaysia, the temple at Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur, attracts over one million devotees, many of them with body piercings that would make a surgeon cringe.

Thaipusam Festival; Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur; Batu Caves; ceremonial sacrifice; ceremonial offering; Tamil man; Hindu man; Malaysian Indian man; portrait; headshot

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil woman, Hindu woman, Malaysian Indian woman, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil woman, Hindu woman, Malaysian Indian woman, street portrait, trance

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil woman, Hindu woman, Malaysian Indian woman, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation

Thaipusam Festival, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, kavadi attam, ceremonial sacrifice, ceremonial offering, Tamil man, Hindu man, Malaysian Indian man, street portrait, ritualised piercing, ritualised mutilation, self-mutilation


Street portrait photographs about Thaipusam in Matt Hahnewald's

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