• Short Summary

    Hundreds of Hindus of Tamil origin recently celebrated the annual Festival of Penance (Taipusam) in Singapore.

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    Hundreds of Hindus of Tamil origin recently celebrated the annual Festival of Penance (Taipusam) in Singapore. The festival marks the birthday of the Tamil lord Subramaniam.

    In an act of penance devotees of the religion carry ornaments or kavadis on hooks, needles and skewers which are stuck into their bodies. The men do not appear to feel any pain as relatives and assistants insert the hooks and skewers into various parts of their backs, cheeks and tongues.

    Although it is not a public holiday in Singapore, a huge crowd gathered at the Parumal Temple on the outskirts of the city to watch the festival.

    After the participants have received their ornaments they begin, as if in a trance, the four mile (6.5 km) walk in procession to the Chettiar Temple on the other side of the city.

    The procession ends when the men dismantle their kavadis in front of the temple altar.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZOPNP4OICZ913I2GT7DKE3UJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZOPNP4OICZ913I2GT7DKE3UJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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