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Ok, I finally got my lazy butt moving and uploaded last year videos. Don’t worry, readers of 5xmom won’t be tortured with family videos nor crappy shot of 5xmom showing you how to skin a sausage, remove hairs from mussels etc.
This is a video I shot last year at the Thaipusam procession. Our whole island is now abuzz with the prepartions for Thaipusam which falls on this Saturday. I like the atmosphere of the street dance, makes me very tourist-y.
During the processions, some devotees were drunk and sadly, they sort of spoil the sacredness.
Few days ago, I read in the papers about the temple restricting the devotees on what can be carried into the temple and what are forbidden. Some devotees have spears which they pierced through their cheeks that are far too long and accidentally hurt the by-standers. There is also one guy who carried a bicycle in the place of a kavadi.
Personally, I feel very overwhelmed when I see the devotees being pierced. It is a show of their devotion to Lord Murugan and faith shines through as each hook, spear and sharp objects are pierced into their skins and cheeks. The devotees have to fast and be on vegetarian diet for a period before they carry the kavadi. The men aren’t allowed to shave, no sexual relations and must live in sparse condition, i.e. no comfortable bed, entertainment etc.
Each time I see a heavily pierced devotee, I wonder what penance or vow they are carrying out. Each time I see a mother carrying a small baby, slather in tumeric, I know that she is rejoicing the birth of that child. When I see a young child carrying the milk pot and walking barefoot up the stairs of the temple in Waterfall, I know that she/he has recovered from an illness etc.
If you have never seen a Thaipusam procession, you aren’t truly Malaysian. Go see for yourself and I hope your respect for other religions will increase tremendously.