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NIGERIA-TRADITION/HYENAS
RTXFTFUA 
July 27, 2021 
Abubakar Usaini displays his pierced tongue as he holds a python during a circus in Gabasawa, Kano State,... 
Kano, Nigeria 
The Wider Image: Nigeria's hyena men put maligned animals centre stage 
Abubakar Usaini displays his pierced tongue as he holds a python during a circus in Gabasawa, Kano State, Nigeria, July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde SEARCH "HYENAS SOTUNDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/MALAYSIA
RTS317IW 
February 08, 2020 
A Hindu devotee is pictured with his cheeks and tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee is pictured with his cheeks and tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala... 
A Hindu devotee is pictured with his cheeks and tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 8, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng 
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTS2E31E 
March 21, 2019 
A devotee gets her tongue pierced with a metal skewer as she takes part in a procession during the religious... 
Ahmedabad, India 
A devotee gets her tongue pierced with a metal skewer as she takes part in a procession during the religious... 
A devotee gets her tongue pierced with a metal skewer as she takes part in a procession during the religious festival of Panguni Uthiram celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Muruga in Ahmedabad, India, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/INDIA
RTS2BJZL 
January 21, 2019 
A Hindu devotee with his tongue pierced with a metal skewer takes part in a procession during the Thaipusam... 
Kochi, India 
A Hindu devotee with his tongue pierced with a metal skewer takes part in a procession during the Thaipusam... 
A Hindu devotee with his tongue pierced with a metal skewer takes part in a procession during the Thaipusam festival on the outskirts of Kochi, India, January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/SINGAPORE
RTS2BJQ6 
January 21, 2019 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore, January 21, 2019. Thaipusam... 
Singapore, Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore, January 21, 2019. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Feline Lim TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/SINGAPORE
RTS2BJFD 
January 21, 2019 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore, January 21, 2019. Thaipusam... 
Singapore, Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore, January 21, 2019. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Feline Lim 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/SINGAPORE
RTS2BJEX 
January 21, 2019 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore, January 21, 2019. Thaipusam... 
Singapore, Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during the Thaipusam festival in Singapore, January 21, 2019. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Feline Lim 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/MALAYSIA
RTS2BJ2K 
January 21, 2019 
A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur 
A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/MALAYSIA
RTS2BJ28 
January 21, 2019 
A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur 
A Hindu devotee gets his tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/MALAYSIA
RTS2BJ1W 
January 21, 2019 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
RELIGION-THAIPUSAM/
RTS1LUXM 
January 31, 2018 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin 
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTX34S3R 
April 09, 2017 
Hindu devotees show their tongues pierced with silver skewers as they take part in the annual Murugan... 
Chandigarh, India 
Hindu devotees show their tongues pierced with silver skewers as they take part in the annual Murugan... 
Hindu devotees show their tongues pierced with silver skewers as they take part in the annual Murugan procession in Chandigarh, India, April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ajay Verma 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQYLD 
October 06, 2016 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced takes part in a procession celebrating... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced takes part in a procession celebrating... 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQYLC 
October 06, 2016 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced takes part in a procession celebrating... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced takes part in a procession celebrating... 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 6, 2016 . REUTERS/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQT4I 
October 05, 2016 
A devotee of the Chinese Ban Tha Rue shrine with tongue and face pierced takes part in a procession celebrating... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Ban Tha Rue shrine with tongue and face pierced takes part in a procession celebrating... 
A devotee of the Chinese Ban Tha Rue shrine with tongue and face pierced takes part in a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQMQN 
October 04, 2016 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks while cutting his tongue with an axe during a procession... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks while cutting his tongue with an axe during a procession... 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks while cutting his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQMQE 
October 04, 2016 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walk while cutting their tongues with axes during a procession... 
Phuket, Thailand 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walk while cutting their tongues with axes during a procession... 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walk while cutting their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQMQA 
October 04, 2016 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walk while cutting their tongues with axes during a procession... 
Phuket, Thailand 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walk while cutting their tongues with axes during a procession... 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walk while cutting their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQMKY 
October 04, 2016 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine pierces his tongue during a procession celebrating the annual... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine pierces his tongue during a procession celebrating the annual... 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine pierces his tongue during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSQMII 
October 04, 2016 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks while cutting his tongue with an axe during a procession... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks while cutting his tongue with an axe during a procession... 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks while cutting his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva 
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTX29SLO 
April 13, 2016 
Hindu devotees with their tongues pierced with metal skewers dance during the annual Shiva Gajan religious... 
BANGA, India 
Hindu devotees with their tongues pierced with metal skewers dance during the annual Shiva Gajan religious... 
Hindu devotees with their tongues pierced with metal skewers dance during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival in Banga village in West Bengal, India, April 13, 2016. Hundreds of faithful devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favour of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes, and also to mark the end of the Bengali calendar year. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri 
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTX29SLA 
April 13, 2016 
The tongue of a Hindu devotee is pieced with a metal skewer during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival... 
BANGA, India 
The tongue of a Hindu devotee is pieced with a metal skewer during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival... 
The tongue of a Hindu devotee is pieced with a metal skewer during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival in Banga village in West Bengal, India, April 13, 2016. Hundreds of faithful devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favour of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes, and also to mark the end of the Bengali calendar year. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
SINGAPORE-RELIGION/
RTX23QIK 
January 24, 2016 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 24, 2016. Thaipusam is... 
Singapore, Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during Thaipusam festival in Singapore 
A devotee has his tongue pierced during Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 24, 2016. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/
RTX23NQ3 
January 23, 2016 
A Hindu devotee reacts as his tongue is pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee reacts as his tongue is pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia... 
A Hindu devotee reacts as his tongue is pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/
RTX23NPX 
January 23, 2016 
A Hindu devotee reacts after her tongue is pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee reacts after her tongue is pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia... 
A Hindu devotee reacts after her tongue is pierced during Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4XRA 
October 18, 2015 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine cuts his tongue to make it bleed during a procession celebrating... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine cuts his tongue to make it bleed during a procession celebrating... 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine cuts his tongue to make it bleed during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 18, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4XGX 
October 18, 2015 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced with a selfie stick walks during a... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced with a selfie stick walks during a... 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow shrine with his tongue pierced with a selfie stick walks during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 18, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4PBR 
October 16, 2015 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the... 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 16, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4PBO 
October 16, 2015 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with a bleeding tongue after cutting it with an axe during... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with a bleeding tongue after cutting it with an axe during... 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with a bleeding tongue after cutting it with an axe during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 16, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4PBL 
October 16, 2015 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the... 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 16, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4PAK 
October 16, 2015 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the... 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 16, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4PAH 
October 16, 2015 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the... 
A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 16, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4PAG 
October 16, 2015 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the... 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 16, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTS4P3H 
October 16, 2015 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the... 
Devotees of the Chinese Samkong Shrine cut their tongues with axes during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand, October 16, 2015. 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/Jorge Silva 
INDIA-RELIGION
RTR4X9XJ 
April 14, 2015 
The tongue of a Hindu devotee is pieced with a metal skewer during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival... 
BATANAL, India 
The tongue of a Hindu devotee is pieced with a metal skewer during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival... 
The tongue of a Hindu devotee is pieced with a metal skewer during the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival in Batanal village, east of Kolkata, April 14, 2015. Hundreds of faithful devotees offer sacrifices and perform acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favour of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes, and also to mark the end of the Bengali calendar year. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
MALAYSIA-RELIGION/THAIPUSAM
RTR4NZXH 
February 03, 2015 
A Hindu devotee has her tongue pierced before her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam... 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
A Hindu devotee has her tongue pierced before her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam... 
A Hindu devotee has her tongue pierced before her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. Devotees also fulfill vows by carrying milk-filled pots up the stairs to the cave temple. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
SINGAPORE-RELIGION/
RTR4NZQT 
February 03, 2015 
A devotee, with his tongue pierced, prepares for his procession during Thaipusam festival in Singapore... 
Singapore, Singapore 
A devotee, with his tongue pierced, prepares for his procession during Thaipusam festival in Singapore... 
A devotee, with his tongue pierced, prepares for his procession during Thaipusam festival in Singapore February 3, 2015. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4NS9R 
February 01, 2015 
Muslim devotees with their tongue and cheek pierced with a single metal skewer take part in a religious... 
Ahmedabad, India 
Muslim devotees with their tongue and cheek pierced with a single metal skewer take part in a religious... 
Muslim devotees with their tongue and cheek pierced with a single metal skewer take part in a religious precession inside the shrine of Muslim saint Shah-e-Alam ahead of the annual Urs, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 1, 2015. Urs is an annual festival held for 10 days to mark the death anniversary of the Muslim saint in the city. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTR4NS9G 
February 01, 2015 
A Muslim devotee gets his tongue pierced with a metal skewers during a religious precession inside the... 
Ahmedabad, India 
A Muslim devotee gets his tongue pierced with a metal skewers during a religious precession inside the... 
A Muslim devotee gets his tongue pierced with a metal skewers during a religious precession inside the shrine of Muslim saint Shah-e-Alam ahead of the annual Urs, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 1, 2015. Urs is an annual festival held for 10 days to mark the death anniversary of the Muslim saint in the city. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
THAILAND-VEGETARIAN/
RTR483MI 
September 29, 2014 
Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with decorated spikes pierced through their tongues, take a... 
Phuket, Thailand 
Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with decorated spikes pierced through their tongues, take a... 
Devotees of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with decorated spikes pierced through their tongues, take a 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) 
SINGAPORE/
RTX17H04 
January 16, 2014 
An ethnic Chinese devotee has his tongue pierced during Thaipusam festival in Singapore early January... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Ethnic Chinese devotee has his tongue pierced during Thaipusam festival in Singapore 
An ethnic Chinese devotee has his tongue pierced during Thaipusam festival in Singapore early January 17, 2014. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
THAILAND/
RTX14708 
October 11, 2013 
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine cuts himself on his tongue as he takes part in a street procession... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee cuts himself on his tongue as he takes part in a street procession during the annual vegetarian... 
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine cuts himself on his tongue as he 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/
RTX145UQ 
October 10, 2013 
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A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with a blade pierced... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with a blade pierced through his tongue prepares for a street... 
ATTENTION EDITORS - GRAPHIC CONTENT

A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine with a blade pierced through his tongue prepares for a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 10, 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) TEMPLATE OUT 
CZECH/
RTX12P0B 
August 17, 2013 
Participants stick out their tongues during the Prague Pride Parade where several thousand people marched... 
Prague, Czech Republic 
Participants stick out their tongues during the Prague Pride Parade 
Participants stick out their tongues during the Prague Pride Parade where several thousand people marched through Prague's city centre in support of gay rights August 17, 2013. REUTERS/David W Cerny (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: SOCIETY) 
CUBA/
RTX116N2 
June 30, 2013 
A youths shows off her tongue piercing during a party welcoming the start of summer, near Guanabo beach... 
Havana, Cuba 
A youths shows off her tongue piercing during a party welcoming the start of summer, near Guanabo beach... 
A youths shows off her tongue piercing during a party welcoming the start of summer, near Guanabo beach on the outskirts of Havana June 29, 2013. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
PANAMA/
RTX10XQF 
June 23, 2013 
Emilio Gonzallez poses for a photograph during the annual national tattoo exhibition known as "Inked"... 
Panama City, Panama 
Emilio Gonzallez poses for a photo during the annual national tattoo exhibition known as "Inked" in Panama... 
Emilio Gonzallez poses for a photograph during the annual national tattoo exhibition known as "Inked" in Panama City June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: SOCIETY) 
INDIA/
RTXZ3ED 
April 29, 2013 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession... 
Ahmedabad, India 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession... 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 29, 2013. Hindu devotees subject themselves to painful rituals during the religious procession to demonstrate their faith and as a penance to the deity at a temple dedicated to the goddess Shitla. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
INDIA/
RTXZ3E8 
April 29, 2013 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession... 
Ahmedabad, India 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession... 
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 29, 2013. Hindu devotees subject themselves to painful rituals during the religious procession to demonstrate their faith and as a penance to the deity at a temple dedicated to the goddess Shitla. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
THAILAND-FESTIVAL/
RTR39I80 
October 24, 2012 
A combination photo shows devotees in a trance standing around a table with fruits outside a shrine during... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A combination photo shows devotees at the annual vegetarian festival in central Phuket 
A combination photo shows devotees in a trance standing around a table with fruits outside a shrine during the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 19, 2012 (top) and a devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his face pierced takes part in a procession during the annual vegetarian festival in 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)

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THAILAND/
RTR39F1V 
October 22, 2012 
A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his tongue pierced grimaces during a procession at the annual... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his tongue pierced grimaces during a procession at the annual... 
A devotee of the Chinese Kathu shrine with his tongue pierced grimaces during a 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) 
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October 22, 2012 
A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a street procession at the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a street procession at the... 
A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe 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) 
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October 22, 2012 
A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a street procession at the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe during a street procession at the... 
A devotee of the Chinese Yokkekeng shrine cuts his tongue with an axe 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) 
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October 21, 2012 
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine with a pierced tongue, takes part in the annual vegetarian festival... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine with a pierced tongue, takes part in the annual vegetarian festival... 
A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine with a pierced tongue, takes part in the annual vegetarian festival procession through central Phuket October 21, 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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 20, 2012 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with piercing before a street procession during the... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with piercing before a street procession during the... 
A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine is helped with piercing before a street procession during the annual vegetarian festival in 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) 
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October 19, 2012 
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with her cheeks and tongue pierced stands in a trance before... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with her cheeks and tongue pierced stands in a trance before... 
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine with her cheeks and tongue pierced stands in a trance before a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 19, 2012. 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/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY FOOD) 
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October 19, 2012 
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine receives help with piercing her cheeks and tongue as she gets... 
Phuket, Thailand 
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine receives help with piercing her cheeks and tongue as she gets... 
A devotee of Ban Tha Rua Chinese shrine receives help with piercing her cheeks and tongue as she gets ready for a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket October 19, 2012. 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/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY FOOD) 
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April 14, 2012 
A man checks the tongue of Jujubhai Bans Shrestha (R) after it was pierced with an iron spike during... 
BODE, Nepal 
A man checks the tongue of Jujubhai Bans Shrestha during the Tongue Penetration Festival at Bode 
A man checks the tongue of Jujubhai Bans Shrestha (R) after it was pierced with an iron spike during the Tongue Penetration Festival at Bode near Kathmandu April 14, 2012. It is believed that after a volunteer from a Shrestha family successfully gets his tongue pierced in a spiritual trance with an iron spike and walks around the town shouldering a round bamboo rack with a flaming torch, it brings good fortune to the villagers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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April 14, 2012 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha carries a round bamboo rack with a flaming torch as he walks around the town after... 
BODE, Nepal 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha carries a round bamboo rack with a flaming torch during the Tongue Penetration... 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha carries a round bamboo rack with a flaming torch as he walks around the town after getting his tongue pierced with an iron spike during the Tongue Penetration Festival at Bode near Kathmandu April 14, 2012. It is believed that after a volunteer from a Shrestha family successfully gets his tongue pierced in a spiritual trance with an iron spike and walks around the town shouldering a round bamboo rack with a flaming torch, it brings good fortune to the villagers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
NEPAL/
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April 14, 2012 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha greets villagers after getting his tongue pierced with an iron spike during the... 
BODE, Nepal 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha greets villagers after getting his tongue pierced with an iron spike during the... 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha greets villagers after getting his tongue pierced with an iron spike during the Tongue Penetration Festival at Bode near Kathmandu April 14, 2012. It is believed that after a volunteer from a Shrestha family successfully gets his tongue pierced in a spiritual trance with an iron spike and walks around the town shouldering a round bamboo rack with a flaming torch, it brings good fortune to the villagers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
NEPAL/
RTR30PTW 
April 14, 2012 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha is pictured after getting his tongue pierced with an iron spike during the Tongue... 
BODE, Nepal 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha is pictured after getting his tongue pierced with spike during the Tongue Penetration... 
Jujubhai Bans Shrestha is pictured after getting his tongue pierced with an iron spike during the Tongue Penetration Festival at Bode near Kathmandu April 14, 2012. It is believed that after a volunteer from a Shrestha family successfully gets his tongue pierced in a spiritual trance with an iron spike and walks around the town shouldering a round bamboo rack with a flaming torch, it brings good fortune to the villagers. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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