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The Nine Emperor Gods

The Nine Emperor God festival takes place on the Thai island of Phuket.

It lasts for 9 days and celebrates the beginning of "Taoist Lent" when

devoted Chinese abstain from eating all meat and meat products.

Both men and women take part in this festival that was brought to

Phuket by Chinese workers in the beginning of the 19th century.


The festival involves various processions, temple offerings and cultural

performances and culminates with walking on hot coal and self-piercing

the skin. The most prominent portion features processions of worshipers

parading trough Phukettown with their tongues, cheeks, and other parts

of the anatomy pierced with sharp implements to the ear-splitting

sound of cymbals, drums and fire crackers.

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Taken on October 5, 2008