Friday, January 28, 2011

A spiritual journey 神游 ...



Thaipusam at Waterfall Road, Penang ...
大宝森节清晨槟城瀑布 ...

A spiritual journey 
神游 ...


10:15 am Preparation ...


10:19 am Prayers ...


10:20 am Going into a trance ...


10:20 am  Tying the chains ...


10:21 am Whip for the Gods ...


10:21 am Preparation for the Spikes and Hooks ...


 10: 23 am Nailing the Spikes and Hooks into the body ...


 10: 25 am Intense concentration ...


 10: 28 am Adjusting all the Hooks on the back ...


 10: 29 am Dance and Prayers ...


 10: 31 am Preparation for the next series of hooks ...


 10: 33 am Sitting down for the next set of hooks ...


 10: 34 am Starting the next set of hooks ...


 10: 38 am This will take some time ...


 10: 41 am I think more then a hundred of these going into the body ...


 10: 45 am Applying them all over ...


 10: 45 am Intense concentration of everyone ...


 10: 50 am Devotee seems go to into a trance again ...


 10: 50 am As the final hooks going in and he stood up ...


 10: 53 am To prepare for the final spike across the mouth ...


 10: 54 am Preparation for the final spike ...


 10: 54 am The final spike slowly ...


 10: 54 am Going through the mouth ...


 10: 54 am Everyone stood still and holding their breath ...


 10: 55 am Perhaps including the person applying the spike ...


 10: 55 am The Devotee opens the eyes as the ...


 10: 55 am spike in final placement ...


 10: 55 am Final words between the two ...


 10: 55 am Preparing the journey ...


 10: 58 am The journey begins here ...

27 comments:

teca said...

An impressive reportage! Congratulations!

Hugs.

Olga said...

OMG! Only as an experienced photographer as you are could take all these shots!

Line said...

WOW! I am stunding, never ever seen anything like this. What an amezing dokumentation you have published. I will share this , i am so overwelmed to be able to see this, thing i have only read or heard abaut. Fantastic and exellent work, presentasion off this seremoni. GREAT pitcure. Congrats with this!!!
GREETINGS LINE;O)

Eyeliquor said...

W E L L D O N E W O N G C H I N G W A H !!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!

Laura.M said...

Aayyyy que dolor!!
Wong impresionantes imágenes.Mucho valor para hacer las fotos.
Saludos.Laura

Traveling Hawk said...

Very, very impressive, Wong! I can hardly look at the photos but I don't know I will be able to witness this spiritual exercise! I have seen such documentaries at TV but it looks much more impressive here. Congratulation, Wong, for a very good documented reportage!

Nordis said...

Nice pictures and a great story.

Joop Zand said...

Wow ..... what a strong man....
i have never see something like this,
nice serie pictures Mr. Wong, thanks for sharing it with us.

Greetings, Joop

smalldot said...

wow... impressive
the spirit is open through body

veredit said...

A fantastic photographic work and excellent report ... strange and very impressive!!!

Welldone Wong, congrats to this pictures!! and thanks for sharing

Tommy Andre Nekkoy said...

Ihhhhhl - Don't try this at home

a strong documentary - well done

Ken Mac said...

great, but I couldn't make it to the end. But excellent documentaton.

UIFPW08 said...

Best reportage..wel done

Minusca said...

Great work, well done! Interesting images!
Good night

ñOCO Le bOLO said...


· WoW!!! It's fantastic. Your photos are great, an importante documentary for us, people from the other part of the world.

· greetings

CR & LMA
________________________________
·

ρομπερτ said...

Beyond the weight of earth. Impressive. Feels as if he would even be able to carry current 'forces' of the world. Thank you for sharing these felt images.


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Randy said...

The images are wonderful. I don't know that I could watch something like this in person. My hat is off to you.

Jorge Muñoz said...

Great documentary work; very impresive images. Admirable.

BERMAXO said...

Impresionante seri de fotografias de la calle pura y dura un saludo

Paweł said...

oh my God!
it's amazing.
good capture!

Costea said...

Interesting rituals.

pharaonx said...

I'm amazed.very good reportage.i see this kind of image on tv, but i never see the image of the prepair of the ritual. very good work.

MIMOSA said...

An amazing story! Excellent work!!!

SKIZO said...

Amazing
work
good creations

Arnaud said...

As a european it feels a bit weird. I had heard of those practice about india (and maybe Thailand ?). Didn't know it also exist in malaysia. Anyway, that's very interesting to me on a cultural point of view. i really wish i could have been there. The pictures shows a lot, but it lacks of sounds and smell to bring the real feeling. Tanks for sharing.

Black Face Sheep said...

Wow, unbelievable!
You were very lucky to witness this rare opportunity:-)

OlgitosK said...

I was wondering where I would see more of your shots of this ..Beautiful work .Strong shots!!