TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods is seen with a sword pierced through his tongue during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival in the southern province of Phuket on October 3, 2016.
Southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way on October 2 and devotees throughout the week will show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies with an astonishing -- and stomach-turning -- variety of objects.  / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with piercings on his mouth during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks while cutting his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with two umbrellas pierced on his face during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with piercings on his mouth during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva
TOPSHOT - A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods is seen with a rifle through his cheek during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival in the southern province of Phuket on October 3, 2016.
Southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way on October 2 and devotees throughout the week will show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies with an astonishing -- and stomach-turning -- variety of objects.  / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods is seen with a large metal ring through his cheek during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival in the southern province of Phuket on October 3, 2016.
Southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way on October 2 and devotees throughout the week will show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies with an astonishing -- and stomach-turning -- variety of objects.  / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods is seen with swords through his face during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival in the southern province of Phuket on October 3, 2016.
Southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way on October 2 and devotees throughout the week will show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies with an astonishing -- and stomach-turning -- variety of objects.  / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
TOPSHOT - A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods parades through the town of Phuket with a bicycle attached to his cheek during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival in the southern province of Phuket on October 3, 2016.
Southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way on October 2 and devotees throughout the week will show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies with an astonishing -- and stomach-turning -- variety of objects.  / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods is pierced with needles in the colours of the Thai flag during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival in the southern province of Phuket on October 3, 2016.
Southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way on October 2 and devotees throughout the week will show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies with an astonishing -- and stomach-turning -- variety of objects.  / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
A devotee of the Nine Emperor Gods is seen with multiple skewers pierced through his mouth during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival in the southern province of Phuket on October 3, 2016.
Southern Thailand's gruesome vegetarian festival got under way on October 2 and devotees throughout the week will show their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials, including running over hot coals and piercing their bodies with an astonishing -- and stomach-turning -- variety of objects.  / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA
Ekstrem piercing under vegetarfestivalen i Phuket. FOTO: REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Spidder ansiktene i jakten på god helse og sjelefred

Piercing, streng vegetardiett, avhold fra sex og alkohol skal rense sjelen.

Denne artikkelen er over ett år gammel, og kan inneholde utdatert informasjon.

Den årlige vegetarfestivalen i Phuket, Thailand, tiltrekker seg hundrevis av tilhengere.

Mange av dem er fra det lokale kinesiske miljøet i byen. De driver ekstrem piercing med alt fantastien kan tillate. Blodet skal renne, og smerten skal holdes ut. Alt for å oppnå åndelig renhet.

Tilhengerne skal heller ikke spise kjøtt, ha sex, eller drikke alkohol den niende måneden i den kinesiske kalenderen. I ti dager skal de leve på en streng vegetar, eller veganer-diett som del av rensingen.

Festivalen varer i ti dager.

Går i transe under ekstrem piercing