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Thaipusam is one of the most important festival events in the Tamil Hindu calendar, particularly in the Southeast Asian region. The word Thaipusam is derived from the month name Thai (January/February) and Pusam, which refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. Thousands of devotees perform Kavadi Atam, a piercing ritual and dance worshiping Murugan, the Tamil God of War.
These photographs were taken during the Thaipusam celebrations at Batu Caves in Malaysia.
Photographer: Paul Swee
Camera: Leica M9