Feel The Pain
While in Kuala Lumpur I came upon many unfamiliar encounters. One of them is this religous procession which to me does not happen often in Sarawak. So I would say its an interesting sight. I was happily having my favourite Penang Mee at Jalan Alor Kuala Lumpur when I heard the strange beatings and chants. I was saving the digital camera for some Merdeka events shots the next morning, so I left that behind. I had to rely on my Nokia 6280 camera to get these shots which is why it may not be the best in quality.
I was impressed by a man who had his cheek pierced with a heavy metal bar, the length of a metal bar one uses to make housing structures. I held my cheeks..."ouch"... that can't be good. It reminds me of the young ladies back in Sarawak whom I met with thier pierced body parts like nose and ears. Come to think of it I have not seen them go through this extreme stage of piercing. Though I do manage to see in videos where they tend to pierce themselves in some of the oddest places but hey, beat this if you can.
If that was not enough I saw the other version of extreme piercing and captured it on this simple video footage. I said to myself, this can't be Thaipusam as its August. Like I said being unfamiliar with these 'ceremonies' I should say I feel the pain just by looking at those hooks coming standing out from the back. He must have a high pain threshold to be able to withstand this. I was informed by a road bystander, that this is a practice of penance - that the person is enduring this to enable them achieve a state of purity. I can only imagine - that if one has done something really bad, and is willing to undergo this form of physical torture to redeem their sins - it shows devotion. By the look of those hooks, I would not even dare commit any wrongdoing if I have to go through that. Imagine if the Police catches you for speeding and you have an option of doing that or get a RM1000 fine, I guess I will pay that RM1000. You really must commit a very big sin to be willing to go through this 'cleansing' - like if your girlfriend catches you with Paris Hilton - I'll settle for a hook or two.....