Perumal Ramu Govindasamy is a kavadi maker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Sharon Lam Perumal Ramu Govindasamy is a kavadi maker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Sharon Lam
Perumal Ramu Govindasamy is a kavadi maker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Sharon Lam

The Hindu body piercing festival Thaipusam in Malaysia: one man adding to devotees’ burden

  • Devotees at the festival carry heavy decorative shrines known as kavadi attached to their bodies by as many as 100 skewers that pierce their flesh
  • In Malaysia, Perumal Ramu Govindasamy has been making kavadi – whose name means burden – for 18 years

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Perumal Ramu Govindasamy is a kavadi maker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Sharon Lam Perumal Ramu Govindasamy is a kavadi maker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Sharon Lam
Perumal Ramu Govindasamy is a kavadi maker in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo: Sharon Lam
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