This week I’m hosting an amazing photograph of Thaipusam ceremony taken in Myanmar by Dustin Main. Man behind Skinny Escape Blog and Too Many Adapters. You can see more of his great photographies in original post on his site.
When I saw this picture for a first time I knew straight away that I must feature it on my Friday Lens Affair series! Not only it is quirky, unique and very mysterious. Meaning everything I think a great photo should have!
Another aspect is that it has been taken in Myanmar, which I dream to visit for about 3 years now! I’m super jealous of Dustin that he travelled there and got a chance of seeing such amazing sights, ceremonies and people! One day for sure I will make there :)
Picture Story: Thaipusam or not Thaipusam? Myanmar
I stumbled upon this Hindu ceremony on the outskirts of the port city of Mawlamyine. As I hopped out of the tuktuk and onto the street, I was taken aback by the loud music blaring and the crowds of onlookers following in line. The devotees were making their way through the streets to the temple in a ceremony similar to Thaipusam, showing their devotion via “kavadi” or the burdens they put themselves through for their beliefs.
I was told that this man and his family were quite poor, but very devoted. With dozens of limes hanging from hooks on his body, swinging as he walked with his two sons nearby, he never batted an eye. The skewers through his cheeks and tongue were there as a constant reminder of god. Myanmar (Burma) has a way of surprising even the most jaded of travellers.