Horrific Sight: Men pierce their Cheeks with Swords,Guns and other Dangerous Objects at a Festival in Asia (Photos)

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Across Asia Chinese communities celebrate 2016 Taoist Nine Emoperor Gods vegetarian festival by piercing their cheeks with dangerous objects

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Photos from the event show followers pierce their bodies with an astonishing array of objects with butchers knives and firearms in the name of purification, while the Malaysian procession depicts devotees impaling their faces with four-metre spears.

During the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, devotees of the Chinese Shrine of Nine Emperor Gods, use swords, workshop tools, and even sniper rifles to thrust through their cheeks as the grisly Taoist vegetarian festival rolls on across Southeast Asia.

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In our reports, Chinese communities in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia abstain from meat, alcohol, and s*x while showing their religious devotion through ritualistic self-mutilation and pain trials.

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