Photographer's Note

As promised, here's another photo from the weekend festivites at the Hindu Festivities of Thaipusam.

Although I do have many photos of the devotees with piercings etc. reading through some of the comments and critiques I've received, I think many people are quite shocked- and I fear that I may be conveying the events in a negative way.
I was situated outside the temple in an area designated for those devotees to have the piercings removed from their skin. All around me, people were in celebration with music, food, and real sense of community existed.
These two young boys were helping out, and more then willing to pose for the camera. I'm not quite sure of the signifigance of the shaving of the head and the coloring- but if anyone knows- I would appreciate the info...

Update: Thanks to Sathiyan for the info: Head Tonsuring is the shaving of the head- a means to thank a god and is fairly common practice in Hindu Religion. Once they have tonsured (shaved) the head- sandelpaste is applied to sooth any burning from the shaving.

More shots to come!
- Dan

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