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In an annual vegetarian festival last weekend, hundreds of Thai men celebrated it by forcing needles, spikes and even guns through their cheeks.

Sorta reminds me of Thaipusam. *Gulp*

The nine-day festival in Phuket, southern Thailand, features devotees of the Chinese Samkong shrine and the Chinese Ban Tha Rue shrine piercing their body in a belief that the act helps to shift evil spirits. 

The ritual which was believed to have started since the early 1800s, involves a procession that worships abstinence from meat, while mediums also attempt to call on spirits as many believe their abstinence will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.

Ouch! This eye-watering photo shows a Thai man celebrating a vegetarian festival by forcing countless spikes through his cheeks and lips

Tradition: Those taking part in the nine-day festival in Phuket, southern Thailand, believe the act of body piercing helps to shift evil spirits

The men are seen with several metals poking through their mouths and skin. This devotee below took it to another level by using a trident.

Look out! The men can be seen with dozens of silver spikes pierced through their lips and cheeks, while others shoved serrated metal bars and poles through their skin. This devotee has taken things even further by piercing his cheek with a trident

Others forced a dozen sharp knives through his cheek.

What a mouthful: Many of those taking part in the festival believe their abstinence will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. This man has fitted 13 knives through his cheek

Pain: Men at the annual festival in Phuket, southern Thailand, force countless spikes, giant knives and even guns through their cheeks

Devotees are not given any anesthetics but are said to be in a trance where they feel no pain when the piercing is done.

A follower poses for the camera while having his mouth filled with two pistol barrels.

This follower poses for the camera with two guns wedged into his cheeks. Many believe the act of body piercing helps to shift evil spirits

Procession: The celebration features devotees of the Chinese Samkong shrine and the Chinese Ban Tha Rue shrine and sees followers give up various products during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. A man is pictured here with a gun through his cheek

Another follower was pictured while he was having both his cheeks pierced with long sharp swords.

Ritual vegetarianism in Phuket is believed to have started in the early 1800s. One devotee is pictured having his cheek pierced with swords

Devotees of the Chinese Samkong shrine and the Chinese Ban Tha Rue shrine walked through Phuket yesterday in a procession that worships abstinence from meat

The festival, where mediums also attempt to call on spirits, sees followers give up various products during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Above, two of the men - including one with an axe - walk through the streets in Phuket

 

Now excuse me while i take a breather.

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