Thaipusam, continued

1/20/11

I posted some photos about Thaipusam already, but here are some more:
 A devotee in the "dismantling area" of the temple. After they had completed the procession to the temple, they were taken to a tented area where the devotee had people to help him remove the kadavi and spears. 
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Another devotee waiting for his kadavi to be dismantled. This man seemed so relieved and was actually smiling afterwards.
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Some of the removal of the spears actually required tools!
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His expression says so much. 

I arrived around 3 pm near the end of the procession route, but Thaipusam lasts all day and night. I think next year I'm going to get up early and witness the beginning and walk the entire procession.

There is so much to experience at Thaipusam. The bright colors of the kadavis and the clothing of the people in the processions, the smells of incense burning and ashes, the sounds of beating drums and people chanting... all of it so beautiful. Thaipusam left such an indelible impression on my memory. 

4 comments:

  1. Glad to see Thaipusam still going strong! There were rules and regulations put out this year that said drums and music and chanting and whatnot were disallowed, and there were a lot of people unhappy with that but I think the rules weren't actually enforced in the end.

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  2. I think they weren't really enforced either, because I heard a lot of music and chanting. Although, maybe it was toned down from previous years and I just wasn't able to compare.

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  3. Reading your 2 posts and seeing the photos has been quite an experience for me!

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    God Bless You, ~Ron

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