What is Thaipusam? Thaipusam is probably the most unique Hindu Festival in Malaysia! Every year, devotees gather at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to honour Lord Murugan, the destroyer of evil. This festival is a must-see in Malaysia!
This video is a film I made about Baskar, a devotee who takes part in Thaipusam every year.
He usually carry a Kavadi, a large decorated shrines which are supported around his waist. Kavadi-bearers fast for 48 days in advance, eating only sattvic food once a day, and enter into a trance state before making the short pilgrimage. This penance also involves also extreme piercing such as passing small spears through their tongues and cheeks; believed to give great power of endurance. Other body piercings performed include metal hooks with limes, oranges or small urns.
A film by Lucas Veuve
Cinematography by Erik Moh and Lucas Veuve
Drone visuals by Lee Sek Yan