Bloody Vegetarian Festival in Thailand
The festival of the Nine Imperial Gods is a nine-day Taoist event held every year in Southeast Asia in the ninth month of the lunar calendar. In Thailand, for example, it is also called “Testsakan Kin Che” (Tesagan Gin Je), or the Vegetarian Festival.
According to the legend of the festival, once the Chinese, who seized these lands, began to die from a merciless epidemic. But after switching to a vegetarian diet and praying to the nine gods, people miraculously healed.
In the framework of the modern ceremony, people switch to a vegetarian diet and strictly adhere to 10 principles of the festival. Among them - refraining from carnal pleadings and alcohol, as well as the rule to wear only white clothes.
Among other things, the festival is famous for its practice of piercing the body with sharp objects. Photographer Giselle Nasstasya in her pictures captured the so-called “masong” (masong) - people who pierce their cheeks, tongues and other body parts.
The essence of the ritual is that with the help of such actions, participants allegedly invite the spirits of nine gods to seize their bodies.
It is believed that piercing the body helps people to find peace and tranquility in their minds, as well as to get excellent health. It is believed that these actions turn the sins of the community into the sins of specific people. Perhaps this is quite altruistic action.