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Cheek Piercing Festival

Updated on October 21, 2011
sword through cheek
sword through cheek | Source
Wheel Bars through Cheeks
Wheel Bars through Cheeks | Source

Thailand is a land of very interesting concepts many of them firmly rooted in it's very ancient culture. Some celebrations may be a little difficult for the western world to understand and in some cases we may be appalled by the extreme nature of some of these customs however they are what they are and it is interesting to be aware of them.

This celebration in particular is supposed to be a vegetarian festival however it appears that the most prevalent thing in this holiday is pain. Besides people running across hot coals and climbing ladders with rungs made of knife blades the many of the populace fast and eventually pierce their cheeks with all manner of objects and parade through the streets in half trance or a half trance like state.

Guitars In Cheeks
Guitars In Cheeks | Source
Gun Through Cheeks
Gun Through Cheeks | Source
Large Needles Through Cheeks
Large Needles Through Cheeks | Source

The photos speeak for themselves from bicycle bars, fans, fake pistols, large needles and even guitars the participants of this festival take it very seriously. I must admit I wouldn't be this bold and to be quite honest I find it quite shocking but I supposed to them it is just their way of celebrating. It is something the will be talked about quite often no just in their home country but also in the western world primarily due to it's shocking nature though.

Either way happy vegetarian festival and a word to the wise maybe just try sampling some veggies. It's bound to be a whole lot less painful.

Fan Handle In Cheek
Fan Handle In Cheek | Source


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    • terrektwo profile image

      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      lol man, Wayne maybe your right, looks like the ends of the guitars are a little messed up, sharpened to a point, doubt he can really play these after this.

    • Wayne Tully profile image

      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hells bells! I think that guy with the two Guitars must not have had proper music lessons lol!

    • terrektwo profile image

      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Thanks, I'm not sure how they can do it either. I don't think I could bring myself to do it that's for sure. But I guess it's a different mindset in that part of the world, part of their culture I suppose. It does make me cringe though.

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      rodriguezk96 6 years ago from NJ

      This article is awesome, I don't know how people can do this kind of stuff it looks sooo insane and painful.