A Hindu devotee having a skewer pierced into her cheek during the Thaipusam festival at Malaysia’s Batu Caves. Body piercers claim they can perform such piercings and much more without causing pain and even without blood. Photo: Getty

No pain? How extreme body piercing of Thaipusam Hindu festival devotees hurts piercers more than pilgrims

  • From skewers though cheeks to sharp hooks embedded in backs, body piercers preparing pilgrims for Thaipusam have the Hindu festival’s most important job
  • They claim their subjects do not feel pain; in fact, they can be the ones who suffer. We find out how, from inducing trances to fasting before piercing begins
Topic |   Malaysia
A Hindu devotee having a skewer pierced into her cheek during the Thaipusam festival at Malaysia’s Batu Caves. Body piercers claim they can perform such piercings and much more without causing pain and even without blood. Photo: Getty
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