Hindu Devout Pierces Her Cheeks with Spear
The Piercing Ritual
One of the highlights of the Navaratri Hindu Festival are the religious rituals, such as the piercing of body parts.
Apparently the devotees experience no pain and they do not bleed from their piercings.
At the Navaratri festival in Bangkok I witnessed the cheeks piercing of a Hindu devout with a metal spear. View the piercing ritual step-by-step.
The piercing by skewers symbolises several things:
- that the pilgrim has temporarily renounced the gift of speech so that he or she may concentrate more fully upon the deity
- that the devotee has passed wholly under the protection of the deity who will not allow him/her to shed blood or suffer pain
- the transience of the physical body in contrast with the enduring power of truth
- More about the festival in the “Mystery and Awe: Navaratri Hindu Festival” post