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Portrait of a Devotee

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Portrait of a Devotee

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One of my favorite portraits on “sacrifice” during the Thaipusam Festival recently.

About the sacrifices The most popular form of sacrifice is the carrying of the kavadi which means “sacrifice at every step”. The symbolism of carrying the kavadi originates from a myth where the kavadi represents a mountain with Lord Subramaniam at its apex. The smaller, semi-circular kavadi is a steel or wooden frame with bars for support on the shoulders, normally decorated with flowers and peacock feathers. The larger ones with spikes can weigh as much as 40 kg and reach a height of four metres. Other forms of sacrifice include piercing silver pins through the cheek and tongue and pricking the body with hooks and spear-like needles. The devotees who intend to perform the sacrifice are customarily required to observe strict physical and mental discipline. Throughout the tenth month of Thai, purification of the body is a necessity. This includes taking just one vegetarian meal a day, and sexual abstinence. In addition, a 24-hour fast is observed on the eve of Thaipusam. Most women devotees carry a pot of milk called a palkuddam. The milk is poured over the statue of Lord Subramaniam after the procession. source: NLB

pp: Nothing elaborate. Straight off the cam with simple tweaking on sharpness & hue saturation. lens: 60mm nikkor micro mounted on a Fuji S5Pro with Polarizer filter