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August, the month of Adi for the Goddess Laki Amman Festival. Two particular events that intrigue Westerns like myself are:
- Theemithi (fire-walking ritual): This ritual is performed mostly in evenings or nights. Men and women gather in front of an area where burning charcoal is setup on the floor. Devotees walk on this fiery patch to pay for their wrongdoings.
- Penance: Self imposed punishment for wrongdoings is also very common among devotees. Carrying fire pots with bare hands, tongue and skin impalement and flagellation are encouraged to get rid of devotees’ guilt.
In this post, I’ve captured the Penance of common people for wrongdoings to remove devotees’ guilt. In a later post, I’ll share images from the fire-walking ritual.
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