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Thailand

Traditional Taoist festival returns to Thailand.

Worshippers at the Jor Soo Gong Naka shrine in Phuket have resumed the famous vegetarian body piercing festival after a two-year hiatus due to the covid-19 pandemic.

This traditional nine-day Taoist festival worships the "nine emperors".

Devotees offer their bodies to deities they believe will banish bad luck, while white-robed participants hope for blessings and good fortune.