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TAIWAN-AIRPLANE/
RTR4OAGB
February 05, 2015
Family members of the passengers on the crashed TransAsia Airways plane Flight GE235 leave the site after...
Taipei, Taiwan
Family members of the passengers on the crashed TransAsia Airways plane Flight GE235 leave the site after...
Family members of the passengers on the crashed TransAsia Airways plane Flight GE235 leave the site after a Daoist ceremony in New Taipei City February 5, 2015. The death toll from the plane that crashed into the river shortly after taking off has risen to 31, Taiwanese officials said on Thursday, and could rise further with 12 people still missing. The flight, carrying 58 passengers and crew, lurched between buildings, clipped an overpass with one of its wings and crashed upside down into shallow water shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT)
THAILAND-VEGETARIAN/
RTR48CYX
September 30, 2014
A devotee in trance comes down the ladders made of metal blades during the annual vegetarian festival...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee in trance comes down the ladders made of metal blades during the annual vegetarian festival...
A devotee in trance comes down the ladders made of metal blades during the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket late September 30, 2014. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND-VEGETARIAN/
RTR48CTB
September 30, 2014
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine is pictured in a trance as spikes are pierced through his cheeks...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine is pictured in a trance as spikes are pierced through his cheeks...
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine is pictured in a trance as spikes are pierced through his cheeks before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket September 30, 2014. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND-VEGETARIAN/
RTR483LV
September 29, 2014
A metal ball with spikes that is used by a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, is displayed before...
Phuket, Thailand
A metal ball with spikes that is used by a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, is displayed before...
A metal ball with spikes that is used by a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, is displayed before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket September 29, 2014. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND-VEGETARIAN/
RTR483KU
September 29, 2014
Cuts made by an axe are seen on the tattooed back of a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, taking...
Phuket, Thailand
Cuts made by an axe are seen on the tattooed back of a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, taking...
Cuts made by an axe are seen on the tattooed back of a devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, taking part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket September 29, 2014. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND-VEGETARIAN/
RTR483KK
September 29, 2014
Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine cut themselves with swords and other sharp objects during a...
Phuket, Thailand
Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine cut themselves with swords and other sharp objects during a...
Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine cut themselves with swords and other sharp objects during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket September 29, 2014. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND-VEGETARIAN/
RTR483JA
September 29, 2014
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, with two plastic guns pierced through his cheeks, takes part...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, with two plastic guns pierced through his cheeks, takes part...
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine, with two plastic guns pierced through his cheeks, takes part in a street procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket September 29, 2014. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND-ODDLY/
RTR47JFP
September 24, 2014
A devotee lights candles at a Chinese shrine during the annual vegetarian festival in Bangkok late September...
Bangkok, Thailand
Devotee lights candles at a Chinese shrine during the annual vegetarian festival in Bangkok
A devotee lights candles at a Chinese shrine during the annual vegetarian festival in Bangkok late September 24, 2014. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
THAILAND-ODDLY/
RTR47JEY
September 24, 2014
Members of a Chinese opera troupe get ready before performing at a shrine during the annual vegetarian...
Bangkok, Thailand
Members of a Chinese opera troupe get ready before performing at a shrine during the annual vegetarian...
Members of a Chinese opera troupe get ready before performing at a shrine during the annual vegetarian festival in Bangkok late September 24, 2014. Chinese opera is often associated with heavily painted make-up and dramatic eyes, transforming the performers into characters that are bold and prominent. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/
RTR413A2
August 03, 2014
People watch an effigy burn at the Hungry Ghost festival in Kuala Lumpur August 3, 2014. According to...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
People watch an effigy burn at the Hungry Ghost festival in Kuala Lumpur
People watch an effigy burn at the Hungry Ghost festival in Kuala Lumpur August 3, 2014. According to Taoist and Buddhist beliefs, the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, known as the Hungry Ghost Festival is when the Gates of Hell open to let out spirits who wander the land of the living looking for food. Food offerings are made while paper money and joss sticks are burnt to keep the spirits of dead ancestors happy and to bring good luck. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
TAIWAN-CRASH/
RTR3ZX4S
July 24, 2014
Relatives of passengers on board the crashed Transasia Airways plane prepare for a Daoist ceremony on...
Penghu, Taiwan
Relatives of passengers on board the crashed Transasia Airways plane prepare for a Daoist ceremony on...
Relatives of passengers on board the crashed Transasia Airways plane prepare for a Daoist ceremony on the Taiwan's offshore island Penghu, July 24, 2014. The leaders of rivals China and Taiwan expressed condolences on Thursday for victims of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed during a thunderstorm the previous day killing 48 people including two French nationals. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT DISASTER SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA/
RTR3SPT6
June 08, 2014
Chinese devotees who have their cheeks pierced with skewers march around Chinatown during the Guan Ping...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chinese devotees who have their cheeks pierced with skewers march around Chinatown during the Guan Ping...
Chinese devotees who have their cheeks pierced with skewers march around Chinatown during the Guan Ping Festival in Kuala Lumpur June 8, 2014. The festival, held in celebration to mark the birthday of Chinese deity Guan Ping, is believed to bring prosperity for local businesses. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MALAYSIA/
RTX1810X
January 30, 2014
Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur January...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur January 30, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31 this year.
REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
THAILAND/
RTX1470J
October 11, 2013
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with blades pierced through his cheek, takes part in a street...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee with blades pierced through his cheek takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian...
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with blades pierced through his cheek, takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 11, 2013. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND/
RTX1470F
October 11, 2013
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with flags pierced through his cheeks, takes part in a street...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee with flags pierced through his cheeks takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian...
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with flags pierced through his cheeks, takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 11, 2013. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND/
RTX1470B
October 11, 2013
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with his torso wrapped in barbed wire, takes part in a street...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee with his torso wrapped in barbed wire takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian...
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine, with his torso wrapped in barbed wire, takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 11, 2013. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND/
RTX146ZW
October 11, 2013
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 11, 2013. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND/
RTX146ZJ
October 11, 2013
Devotees of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine work themselves into a trance before a street procession during...
Phuket, Thailand
Devotees work themselves into a trance before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival...
Devotees of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine work themselves into a trance before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 11, 2013. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums and strict vegetarianism, celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
Culture
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Hungry Ghost Festival - 28 Aug 2013
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MALAYSIA/
RTX12O6U
August 16, 2013
A giant paper statue of Chinese deity "Da Shi Ye" or "Guardian God of Ghosts" is burnt during the Chinese...
Kajang, Malaysia
A giant paper statue of Chinese deity Da Shi Ye is burnt during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in...
A giant paper statue of Chinese deity "Da Shi Ye" or "Guardian God of Ghosts" is burnt during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, early August 17, 2013. The Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated during the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, when prayers are offered to the dead and offerings of food and paper-made models of items such as televisions, refrigerators and sport cars are burnt to appease wandering spirits. It is believed that the gates of hell are opened during the month and dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
PHILIPPINES/
RTX11GE2
July 08, 2013
A worker cleans-up a statue of Guan Gong, a Chinese general during China's late Eastern Han Dynasty and...
Manila, Philippines
A worker cleans-up a statue of Guan Gong, a Chinese general during China's late Eastern Han Dynasty and...
A worker cleans-up a statue of Guan Gong, a Chinese general during China's late Eastern Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms era, inside The Museum Manila July 8, 2013. The museum, which opens on Friday, will feature exhibits on ancient China, Egypt and Greece. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)
VIETNAM
RTR3DS0I
February 14, 2013
Pilgrims pray at Tran Quoc pagoda during the Tet, the traditional lunar new year festival in Hanoi February...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Pilgrims pray at Tran Quoc pagoda during the Tet, traditional lunar new year festival in Hanoi
Pilgrims pray at Tran Quoc pagoda during the Tet, the traditional lunar new year festival in Hanoi February 14, 2013. Tet, the most important festival in Vietnam, takes place from February 9 to 17. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
PANAMA/
RTR3DNG5
February 11, 2013
A woman lights candles at the Yan Wo temple during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Chinatown in...
Panama City, Panama
A woman lights candles at the Yan Wo temple during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Chinatown in...
A woman lights candles at the Yan Wo temple during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Chinatown in Panama City February 11, 2013. The Lunar New Year, began on February 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. Chinese make up twenty five percent of the population in Panama, one of the biggest Chinese communities in Central America, according to Juan Tam, a historian and writer with the Chinese Association of Panama. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
PHILIPPINES/
RTR3DKK3
February 10, 2013
Members of the Chinese community goes in and out of a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in...
Manila, Philippines
Members of the Chinese community goes in and out of a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in...
Members of the Chinese community goes in and out of a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in Manila's Chinatown February 10, 2013. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
PHILIPPINES/
RTR3DKJV
February 10, 2013
Members of the Chinese community light incense inside a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in...
Manila, Philippines
Members of the Chinese community light incense inside a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in...
Members of the Chinese community light incense inside a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in Manila's Chinatown February 10, 2013. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
TAIWAN/
RTR3DKHO
February 10, 2013
Worshippers pray behind candles during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at the Lungshan temple in...
Taipei, Taiwan
Worshippers pray behind candles during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Taipei
Worshippers pray behind candles during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at the Lungshan temple in Taipei February 10, 2013. The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA-NEWYEAR/
RTR3DKEA
February 10, 2013
A woman burns incense as she prays for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at...
Lanzhou, China
A woman burns incense as she prays for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at...
A woman burns incense as she prays for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Wuquanshan temple in Lanzhou, February 10, 2013. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
INDONESIA
RTR3DK67
February 09, 2013
Worshippers offer incense before the Lunar New Year in a temple in Makassar in the Indonesia's South...
Makassar, Indonesia
Worshippers offer incense before the Lunar New Year in a temple in Makassar in the Indonesia's South...
Worshippers offer incense before the Lunar New Year in a temple in Makassar in the Indonesia's South Sulawesi province February 9, 2013. The Lunar New Year begins on February 10 marks the start of the Year of the Snake. Picture taken February 9. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad (INDONESIA - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SINGAPORE/
RTR3DJR5
February 09, 2013
A man waits in line with ushers (in blue) to place joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in...
Singapore, Singapore
Man waits in line with ushers to place joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore
A man waits in line with ushers (in blue) to place joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore February 9, 2013. Worshippers gather annually at the temple on the eve of the Lunar New Year with hopes to be the first person to offer joss sticks when the clock strikes midnight. It is believed that this brings prosperity and luck. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SINGAPORE/
RTR3DJPM
February 09, 2013
Worshippers rush to place joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore February 9, 2013....
Singapore, Singapore
Worshippers rush to place joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore
Worshippers rush to place joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore February 9, 2013. Worshippers gather annually at the temple on the eve of the Lunar New Year with hopes to be the first person to offer joss sticks when the clock strikes midnight. It is believed this brings prosperity and luck. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR3DDNV
February 05, 2013
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian arrives at Thean Hock Keong temple, popularly known as Snake Temple, ahead...
Klang, Malaysia
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian arrives at Thean Hock Keong temple, popularly known as Snake Temple, ahead...
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian arrives at Thean Hock Keong temple, popularly known as Snake Temple, ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Klang outside Kuala Lumpur February 5, 2013. The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
RTR3DDNU
February 05, 2013
A rainbow is seen above Malaysia's Thean Hock Keong temple, popularly known as Snake Temple, ahead of...
Klang, Malaysia
A rainbow is seen above Malaysia's Thean Hock Keong temple, popularly known as Snake Temple, ahead of...
A rainbow is seen above Malaysia's Thean Hock Keong temple, popularly known as Snake Temple, ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Klang outside Kuala Lumpur February 5, 2013. The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ENVIRONMENT)
SINGAPORE/
RTR3DAI3
February 03, 2013
Devotees pray with incense sticks ahead of the Lunar New Year at Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore...
Singapore, Singapore
Devotees pray with incense sticks ahead of the Lunar New Year at Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore...
Devotees pray with incense sticks ahead of the Lunar New Year at Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore February 3, 2013. The Chinese Year of the Snake falls on February 10, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
CHINA/
RTR3A0DF
November 05, 2012
A Taoist hermit priest sits on her bed during her daily meditation, which lasts seven to eight hours,...
ZHANGNANSHAN, China
A Taoist hermit priest sits on her bed during her daily meditation in Mount Zhongnan
A Taoist hermit priest sits on her bed during her daily meditation, which lasts seven to eight hours, in Mount Zhongnan, Shaanxi province, November 4, 2012. Picture taken November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Rooney Chen (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
CHINA/
RTR3A0BP
November 05, 2012
A Taoist priest stands in sunlight to keep warm in the courtyard of the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in...
Beijing, China
A Taoist priest stands in sunlight in the courtyard of the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in central Beijing...
A Taoist priest stands in sunlight to keep warm in the courtyard of the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in central Beijing November 5, 2012. The temple is the Zhengyi school of Taoism's largest temple in northern China, and was originally built by Taoist monks in the fourteenth century. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
THAILAND/
RTR39F1J
October 22, 2012
Devotees of the Chinese Kathu shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession...
Phuket, Thailand
Devotees of the Chinese Kathu shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession...
Devotees of the Chinese Kathu shrine carry a statue through exploding firecrackers during a street procession at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket October 22, 2012. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND/
RTR39CL5
October 20, 2012
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine takes a part in procession during the annual vegetarian festival...
Phuket, United Kingdom
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine takes a part in procession during the annual vegetarian festival...
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine takes a part in procession during the annual vegetarian festival through central Phuket October 20, 2012. The festival, featuring face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
HONGKONG-FERRY/COLLISION
RTR38S5W
October 04, 2012
A relative of victims in a fatal ferry collision pays her respects by throwing paper money into the waters...
Hong Kong, China
A relative of victims in a fatal ferry collision pays her respects by throwing paper money into the waters...
A relative of victims in a fatal ferry collision pays her respects by throwing paper money into the waters off Hong Kong October 4, 2012. Hong Kong has begun three days of mourning for those who perished in the collision between two ferries on Monday night. REUTERSTyrone Siu(CHINA - Tags: MARITIME DISASTER SOCIETY)
HONGKONG-FERRY/COLLISION
RTR38S5V
October 04, 2012
Relatives of victims in a fatal ferry collision pay their respects by throwing paper money into the waters...
Hong Kong, China
Relatives of victims in a fatal ferry collision pay their respects by throwing paper money into the waters...
Relatives of victims in a fatal ferry collision pay their respects by throwing paper money into the waters off Hong Kong October 4, 2012. Hong Kong has begun three days of mourning for those who perished in the collision between two ferries on Monday night. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: MARITIME DISASTER SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA/
RTR34M3P
July 05, 2012
A female Taoist priest (L) talks on her mobile phone as she walks with a fellow priest towards a wooden...
Huayin, China
A female Taoist priest talks on her mobile phone as she walks with a fellow priest towards a wooden door...
A female Taoist priest (L) talks on her mobile phone as she walks with a fellow priest towards a wooden door at Yuquan Yuan (Jade Spring Taoist Temple) at the foot of Mount Hua, in Huayin, Shaanxi province July 4, 2012. More than 60 priests from all over China gathered at this temple for a two-month course of Taoist music, which is an essential element to many Taoist ceremonies, local media reported. Picture taken July 4, 2012. REUTERS/Rooney Chen (CHINA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY RELIGION)
CHINA/
RTR34M2H
July 05, 2012
Taoist priests squat on stone seats as they have dinner at Yuquan Yuan (Jade Spring Taoist Temple) at...
Huayin, China
Taoist priests squat on stone seats as they have dinner at Yuquan Yuan at the foot of Mount Hua, in Huayin...
Taoist priests squat on stone seats as they have dinner at Yuquan Yuan (Jade Spring Taoist Temple) at the foot of Mount Hua, in Huayin, Shaanxi province July 4, 2012. More than 60 priests from all over China gathered at the temple for a two-month course on Taoist music, which is an essential element to many Taoist ceremonies. Picture taken July 4, 2012. REUTERS/Rooney Chen (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
CHINA/
RTR349JQ
June 27, 2012
A Taoist priest (C), also known in Chinese as a 'Daoshi', talks to a boy at a bus stop in central Beijing...
Beijing, China
A Taoist priest, also known in Chinese as a 'Daoshi', talks to a boy at a bus stop in central Beijing...
A Taoist priest (C), also known in Chinese as a 'Daoshi', talks to a boy at a bus stop in central Beijing June 28, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
CHINA-TEMPLES/
RTR33881
June 07, 2012
A monk checks his phone inside a temple in Shanghai June 7, 2012. Buddhist and Taoist temples have no...
Shandong, China
A monk checks his phone inside a temple in Shanghai
A monk checks his phone inside a temple in Shanghai June 7, 2012. Buddhist and Taoist temples have no right to go public and list shares on stock exchanges, a Chinese official was quoted in state media as saying of an issue that seems to have touched a nerve with the officially atheist government. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS BUSINESS TELECOMS)
MALAYSIA-POLL/
RTR32YAH
June 01, 2012
A man, who is in a trance, performs a prayer at a temple in Chinese village of Pulau Ketam outside Kuala...
PULAU KETAM, Malaysia
A man, who is in a trance, performs a prayer at a temple in Chinese village of Pulau Ketam outside Kuala...
A man, who is in a trance, performs a prayer at a temple in Chinese village of Pulau Ketam outside Kuala Lumpur May 17, 2012. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's popularity has slipped in recent months, an opinion poll showed on Friday, as he lost support among ethnic Chinese and middle-class voters ahead of a general elections that he could call within months. The poll found that approval for Najib was weakest among ethnic Chinese, tumbling 19 percentage points to 37 percent and among those in the middle income bracket, falling 18 percentage points to 50 percent. His popularity among ethnic Malays, who form the majority of Malaysia's population, rose 5 percentage points to 79 percent. Picture taken May 17, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY RELIGION)
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June 01, 2012
A family leaves a temple after a prayer in Kuala Lumpur May 16, 2012. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A family leaves a temple after a prayer in Kuala Lumpur
A family leaves a temple after a prayer in Kuala Lumpur May 16, 2012. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's popularity has slipped in recent months, an opinion poll showed on Friday, as he lost support among ethnic Chinese and middle-class voters ahead of a general elections that he could call within months. The poll found that approval for Najib was weakest among ethnic Chinese, tumbling 19 percentage points to 37 percent and among those in the middle income bracket, falling 18 percentage points to 50 percent. His popularity among ethnic Malays, who form the majority of Malaysia's population, rose 5 percentage points to 79 percent. Picture taken May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY RELIGION)
TAIWAN/
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March 06, 2012
Chang Yu-wen, 30, prepares to dress up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese male deity who captures evil...
TAITUNG COUNTY, Taiwan
A woman prepares to dress up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese male deity who captures evil spirits...
Chang Yu-wen, 30, prepares to dress up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese male deity who captures evil spirits in temple festivals, in Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, March 4, 2012. Chang, who is known as the first and only female who dresses up as Zhongkui in Taiwan, started performing at temple festivals in 2010 in her free time because she wanted to attempt something that no one had done before. International Women's Day falls on March 8. Picture taken March 4, 2012. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY)
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March 06, 2012
Chang Yu-wen, 30, (C) dresses up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese male deity who captures evil spirits...
TAITUNG COUNTY, Taiwan
A woman dresses up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese male deity who captures evil spirits in temple...
Chang Yu-wen, 30, (C) dresses up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese male deity who captures evil spirits in temple festivals, with the help of two men dressed up as ghosts, at Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, March 4, 2012. Chang, who is known as the first and only female who dresses up as Zhongkui in Taiwan, started performing at temple festivals in 2010 in her free time because she wanted to attempt something that no one had done before. International Women's Day falls on March 8. Picture taken March 4, 2012. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY)
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March 06, 2012
Chang Yu-wen, 30, who is dressed up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures...
TAITUNG COUNTY, Taiwan
A woman who is dressed up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures evil spirits...
Chang Yu-wen, 30, who is dressed up as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures evil spirits in temple festivals, poses for a photograph in Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, March 4, 2012. Chang, who is known as the first and only female who dresses up as Zhongkui in Taiwan, started performing at temple festivals in 2010 in her free time because she wanted to attempt something that no one had done before. International Women's Day falls on March 8. Picture taken March 4, 2012. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY)
TAIWAN/
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March 06, 2012
Chang Yu-wen, 30, gets her face painted as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures...
TAITUNG COUNTY, Taiwan
A woman gets her face painted as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures evil...
Chang Yu-wen, 30, gets her face painted as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures evil spirits in temple festivals, at Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, March 4, 2012. Chang, who is known as the first and only female who dresses up as Zhongkui in Taiwan, started performing at temple festivals in 2010 in her free time because she wanted to attempt something that no one had done before. International Women's Day falls on March 8. Picture taken March 4, 2012. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 06, 2012
Chang Yu-wen, 30, with her face painted as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures...
TAITUNG COUNTY, Taiwan
A woman with her face painted as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures evil...
Chang Yu-wen, 30, with her face painted as Zhongkui, the traditional Chinese masculine deity who captures evil spirits in temple festivals, poses for her wedding portrait in her wedding dress at Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, March 4, 2012. Chang, who is known as the first and only female dressing up as Zhongkui in Taiwan, has been dating her fiance Yang Yong-chen, 26, who plays the ghost captured by Zhongkui, for three years ever since they performed together at temple festivals. They are getting married in March 2012. International Women's Day falls on March 8. Picture taken March 4, 2012. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN - Tags: SOCIETY)
VIETNAM
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February 07, 2012
Luong Nguyen (C), a spirit medium, drinks as he performs a "Hau Dong" ritual at Den Ngoc temple, outside...
Hanoi, Vietnam
Luong Nguyen, a spirit medium, drinks as he performs a "Hau Dong" ritual at Den Ngoc temple, outside...
Luong Nguyen (C), a spirit medium, drinks as he performs a "Hau Dong" ritual at Den Ngoc temple, outside Hanoi February 7, 2012. The "Hau Dong" is a ritual where a spirit medium puts on elaborate costumes and tells stories of gods and heroes while accompanied by "chau van" music, as part of the worship of Dao Mau, the Vietnamese Mother Goddess religion. It is believed that the spirit medium will have direct contact with the spirits during the ritual. Vietnam's Institute for Culture and Art is attempting to nominate "Hau Dong" as a UNESCO world intangible heritage, according to local media. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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January 23, 2012
Actors dressed in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) costumes take part in the heaven-worshipping ceremony, in...
Beijing, China
Actors dressed in Qing Dynasty costumes take part in the heaven-worshipping ceremony, in which people...
Actors dressed in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) costumes take part in the heaven-worshipping ceremony, in which people pray for good harvest and fortune, to celebrate the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Soo Hoo Zheyang (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TRAVEL)
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January 23, 2012
A woman prays for good fortune as she holds burning incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New...
Beijing, China
A woman prays for good fortune as she holds burning incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New...
A woman prays for good fortune as she holds burning incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA
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January 16, 2012
A woman holds incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden, downtown Shanghai January 16,...
Shanghai, China
A woman holds incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden, downtown Shanghai
A woman holds incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden, downtown Shanghai January 16, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA/
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October 04, 2011
Taoist devotees, carrying a chariot, run through burning charcoal during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Taoist devotees run through burning charcoal during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala Lumpur...
Taoist devotees, carrying a chariot, run through burning charcoal during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala Lumpur October 5, 2011. The festival welcomes the emperor gods that live in the stars under the reign of "Thien Hou" or the "Queen of Heaven" who brings good fortune, longevity and good health. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MALAYSIA/
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October 04, 2011
Malaysians of Chinese descent carry one of the statues of an emperor god during the Chinese Nine Emperor...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysians of Chinese descent carry one of the statues of an emperor god during the Chinese Nine Emperor...
Malaysians of Chinese descent carry one of the statues of an emperor god during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala Lumpur October 5, 2011. The Nine Emperor Gods Festival welcomes the emperor gods that live in the stars under the reign of "Thien Hou" or the "Queen of Heaven" who brings good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the nine-day Taoist celebration, beginning on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
MALAYSIA/
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October 04, 2011
Malaysians of Chinese descent walk on burning charcoals during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysians of Chinese descent walk on burning charcoals during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival...
Malaysians of Chinese descent walk on burning charcoals during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala Lumpur October 5, 2011. The Nine Emperor Gods Festival welcomes the emperor gods that live in the stars under the reign of "Thien Hou" or the "Queen of Heaven" who brings good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the nine-day Taoist celebration, beginning on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MALAYSIA/
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October 04, 2011
A Malaysian of Chinese descent offers incense during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A Malaysian of Chinese descent offers incense during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala...
A Malaysian of Chinese descent offers incense during the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival in Kuala Lumpur October 4, 2011. The Nine Emperor Gods Festival welcomes the emperor gods that live in the stars under the reign of "Thien Hou" or the "Queen of Heaven" who brings good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the nine-day Taoist celebration, beginning on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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October 02, 2011
A group of female devotees attend the fire walking ceremony during celebrations for the vegetarian festival...
Phuket, Thailand
A group of female devotees attend the fire walking ceremony during celebrations for the vegetarian festival...
A group of female devotees attend the fire walking ceremony during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at Sapan Him shrine in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them attain good health and a peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
THAILAND/
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October 02, 2011
A devotee runs on burning charcoals as he performs the fire walking ceremony, during celebrations for...
Phuket, Thailand
A devotee runs on burning charcoals during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at a shrine in Phuket...
A devotee runs on burning charcoals as he performs the fire walking ceremony, during celebrations for the vegetarian festival at Sapan Him shrine in Phuket October 2, 2011. The festival celebrates the local Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants, during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, will help them attain good health and a peace of mind. REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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