Thaipusam is a Hindu festival that takes place every year in January-February. This is a short film documenting Thaipusam at the Batu Caves in Malaysia.
Devotees dress up in yellow costumes and carry milk in jars on their heads to the temple where Murugan is worshipped in the cave.
Some devotees also carry a portable shrine called Kabati, decorated with peacock feathers, to the temple. They perform a painful ritual of sticking needles and skewers in their mouths and backs to pray for the fulfillment of their wishes. They often go into a trance-like state of elation, which is said to make them feel no pain.
Director: Koyo Sasaki
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