• Short Summary

    Millions of Hindus of Tamil origin celebrated the annual Thaipusam festival of penance on Sunday (30 January).

  • Description

    Millions of Hindus of Tamil origin celebrated the annual Thaipusam festival of penance on Sunday (30 January). In the ceremony, professed sinners pierce their bodies with spikes and skewers as an act of penitence. It marks the birthday of Lord Subramaniam to whom Tamils turn for absolution.

    The punishment is known as Kavadi -- the piercing of the body. To some it's a punishment only in the mind as they don't feel the pain. For those that do suffer, a herbal pain-killer is provided.

    In Singapore, the devotees paraded through the streets to their temple. In Kuala Lumpur, they made a pilgrimage to the Batu Caves, outside the city, which the Tamils regard as a holy place
    This film has natural sound throughout.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8GX4L0SDZIQ7LNON886SLYGU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GX4L0SDZIQ7LNON886SLYGU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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