• Short Summary

    TAMIL HINDUS IN MALAYSIA ON MONDAY CELEBRATED THE THAIPUSAM FESTIVAL -- BIRTHDAY OF LORD SUBRAMANIAM.?

  • Description

    TAMIL HINDUS IN MALAYSIA ON MONDAY CELEBRATED THE THAIPUSAM FESTIVAL -- BIRTHDAY OF LORD SUBRAMANIAM. IN SINGAPORE, THE CELEBRATIONS BEGAN AT SUNRISE IN THE GROUNDS OF THE PERUMAL TEMPLE.

    HUNDREDS OF DEVOTEES GATHERED AT THE TEMPLE TO PREPARE SPECTACULAR KAVADIS -- ELABORATELY DECORATED ALUMINIUM AND STEEL FRAMES WHICH WERE CARRIED BY ZEALOUS MEMBERS OF THE HINDU FAITH IN PROCESSION THROUGH THE STREETS.

    SCORES OF STEEL SKEWERS WERE PUSHED THROUGH HOLES IN THE FRAMES AND STUCK INTO THE SKIN OF THE CARRIER. SOME OF THE DEVOTEES HAD UP TO 108 SKEWERS, REPRESENTING SPEARS, PIERCING THEIR SKIN. THEY SHOWED NO SIGN OF PAIN, AND NO BLOOD WAS DRAWN.

    THE CHEEKS AND TONGUES OF THE KAVADI CARRIERS WERE ALSO PIERCED WITH TINY SPEARS. BEFORE THE SPEARS WERE INSERTED, THE DEVOTEES WERE RUBBED WITH SACRED ASH AND PRAYERS WERE CHANTED BY PRIESTS, MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY AND HIS ASSISTANTS. EACH KAVADI CAN WEIGH AS MUCH AS 30 POUNDS.

    ON OTHER TAMILS, TINY HOOKS PIERCED THE SKIN, ON WHICH WERE HUNG TRIBUTES TO THE DEITY, SUCH AS LEMONS AND TINY BRASS JARS OF MILK. ACCORDING TO HINDU BELIEFS, THE CARRYING OF KAVADIS AND PIERCING THE SKIN WITH SCORES OF SPEARS PURIFIES THE BODY AND SOUL, FORCING OUT ALL THE EVIL.

    AFTER THE KAVADIS WERE PREPARED, THE DEVOTEES AND WORSHIPPERS WALKED AND DANCED FOR ABOUT THREE MILES THROUGH THE STREETS TO THE TEMPLE OF LORD SUBRAMANIAM.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5P282EFGUZJMQ8MXVQF5GMBHK
    Media URN:
    VLVA5P282EFGUZJMQ8MXVQF5GMBHK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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