Impressions of Thaipusam| 16mins
Director: Julienne Rathore | Producer: Savagestudio
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Norway
Thaipusam honours Lord Muruga and coincides with the full moon at the end of January and beginning of February. Lord Muruga was the youngest son of Lord Shiva. He is worshiped by Indians in southern India, especially Tamil Nadu, for driving evil out of the world using the Divine Lance. The Thaipusam celebrations carried out by the Malaysian Tamil community have become the largest in the world, attracting over 1 million devotees in the capital Kuala Lumpur. There is no bloodshed during the ritual piercing, nor is there any pain. The devotees overcome pain by cleansing themselves with prayer and fasting for the preceding month, and focusing the mind on spirituality and liberation from worldly desires at the time of offering. This allows them to enter into the state of trance necessary to allow their bodies to be pierced.