Image: Guillaume Megevand
The noise can be as overwhelming as the sights.
Wearing white and turning vegetarian for a few days is one thing; but piercing and slicing your flesh with various implements, walking on hot coals, and climbing up ‘blade-ladders’ is another. Only certain participants take part in these particular devotions. And these most extreme devotees are called “mah song”, which roughly translates as “horses of the gods”. It is believed that their bodies become vehicles for the divine during the rituals.