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February 6, 2012

Notes From The Road – Thaipusam

I’m in Penang, photographing the Thaipusam festival with some fellow photographers. This morning I was up before 5.30am watching the procession of a Hindu idol and observing devotees in various acts of devotion and thanksgiving. The image above shows men cracking coconuts on the road before the bullock-drawn silver chariot that carried the statue of […]

Breaking Coconuts in Penang

I’m in Penang, photographing the Thaipusam festival with some fellow photographers. This morning I was up before 5.30am watching the procession of a Hindu idol and observing devotees in various acts of devotion and thanksgiving. The image above shows men cracking coconuts on the road before the bullock-drawn silver chariot that carried the statue of the Hindu deity Murugan.

Pulling The Chariot

People were also bringing trays of offerings, which were passed up to a priest on the chariot, to be blessed before the statue. This ritual, with symbolic purity of the flames, was poignant against the first rays of morning light.

Passing The Sacred Flame

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