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Extreme piercings may give you nightmares

This year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival may have just passed, but the scary images we’ve seen aren’t leaving us alone just yet. Contrary to the peaceful connotations of its name, the festival — celebrated by Thai-Chinese devotees on the island — is more of a graphic visual assault, heavy on street processions and ritualistic practices involving hot oil baths, extreme self-mutilation and fire-walking.