Mark Henley

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

An ethnic Tamil woman, carrying a small kadavi (shrine) climbs steps to the Batu Caves as part of the annual Thaipusam festival of penance and thanksgiving. She has a skewer through her tongue, a form of mortification of the flesh undertaken after a long fasting and prayer. The Tamil Hindu festival commemorates the birth of Hindu Lord Murugan and his triumph over evil. Pilgrims engage in various acts of devotion such as carrying burdens, flagellation and body piercing as they take part in a 15-kilometre procession to the Batu Caves.

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Mark Henley
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