Thaipusam is a masochistic Hindu (Tamil) holiday celebrating the birthday of Lord Murugan, the God of War. 50,000 devotees came to Sri Arulmigu Balathandayuthabani aka Waterfall Temple in Penang yesterday to go on a 'pilgrimage' to fulfill their vows. This includes carrying pots of milk, piercing the skin, and carrying heavy burdens.

Shaving heads is an act of devotion

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