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Another in my series from the Hindu festivities of Thaipusam.

The man in this photo has just had the offerings removed from his body, and is being cared to by the helpers. I noticed quite a few participants with their head shaved and covered in this yellow paint. I'm not quite sure what the yellow paint signifies, f anyone knows- I'd love to hear...

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.

I hope you like the photo...
- Dan

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