robertharding: Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival ©ac productions / robertharding

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held on the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, usually in September or October. The colourful festival celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.

The festival is famous for its extreme celebrations, acted upon to invoke the gods, but all together often eye-watering and certainly not for the faint-hearted! Our photographers travelled to Phuket – one of the southern provinces (Changwat) of Thailand, and emersed themselves up close and personal with the rituals that take place. From body piercing to nail walking, to daring self-mortification undertaken by participants who act as mediums of the gods […]

robertharding newsletter – 25 February 2021.

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