This interest is perhaps the most shocking, but the most interesting performance, which can be seen not only within the island, but also throughout Asia. The Vegetarian Festival Ngan Kin Jeha, despite its peaceful name, makes the eyes of its witnesses blind with horror. The action begins on the first day of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (often in October or November) and lasts for nine days.
The holiday has a rich history of vegetarianism. It is considered the beginning of 1825, when the Chinese working in the mines of tin mining in Phuket, decided to go back to vegetarian eating habits, giving up meat entirely. Thus, they wanted to stop the spread of the epidemic. It worked and the Chinese were able to convince a number of local residents that living and eating on the ancient system of the Nine Gods, you cannot only healthier, but also physically and spiritually cleansed. Later, adherents of this system were united in the brotherhood of "Gods Warriors" - Song Ma.
The members of this fraternity, due to their special way of life, are endowed with supernatural powers. Entering into a state of ritual trance, they conduct ceremonies, which, in their belief not only clean them but everyone around them. These rites include multiple piercings in their body with knives, daggers, swords, needles, dance on hot coals or broken glass. Six days before the Ngan Kin Jeha "Warriors of the Gods" starts, they begin to abstain not only from meat but from sex and alcohol. Gathered in the walls of the temple, the "Warriors of the Gods" (all in Phuket has six Chinese temples) under the drum rhythms reach a trance, then start to make fun of their own body.
It is in this state, dressed in white dresses, filled with piercing-cutting and pierces things, adherents of the Nine Emperor Gods and paced the streets of Phuket. In the eyes of the public continues to pierce the Song Ma tongue, face, back, going through the cleansing from evil spirits. All these actions are accompanied by just a terrible deafening noise. The explosion of firecrackers, drumming, loud music (the louder the better) help banish those same spirits that "life poisons" people from where such a painful way to get rid of the community members. Coming out of the trance, the warriors pulled out bloody ritual implements and currently live on with a deep sense of purification. Only the numerous scars remind the bloody ritual, healing until the next year.
The Vegetarian Festival comes not only with the Ma Song, but also want to look at everything that happens from the outside. While the participants are engaged in self-cleaning rituals to their terrible deed, tourists can taste and enjoy the variety of vegetarian dishes. The most vivid and grandiose festivals are held near the temple of wool Juyo Tui, which is located in Phuket Ranong on the street.
By Romanelli Ana
The Best Places to Visit in Phuket, Thailand .
Thailand is a wonderful exotic country! The largest island of Thailand is Phuket. It is located in the Andaman Sea, which is located in the Indian Ocean. This is a great place to relax. A heaven for tourists who love just to lie in the sun and for active recreation. Excellent hotels, real estate Phuket and the magnificent white sand beaches will remain in your memory for a long time. The hospitable people of Phuket are always happy to receive tourists.
The name Phuket is translated as "mountain" and it's actually very similar to the green mountain, which rises in the Andaman Sea. The significance of Phuket to Thailand since ancient times is very great. After all, it is considered a commercial and a cultural center. Many historical monuments have survived to the present day. So do not miss the chance to see them.
The Temples in Phuket are astonishingly varied and beautiful. I would like to mention the details of the temple of Wat Hong Prat. That it contains a large statue of Buddha. Its more than once that the Burmese army attacked and tried to dig out of the ground and carry it. But they failed. Another amazing place is Wat Chai Tararam considered the most popular in Phuket. After all, there is a stone of Buddha. The structure, which houses the bone, called the "chedi" is often searched by tourists.
Speaking about the island of Phuket, I would like to also mention the Forest Park Khao Phra-Theo. There are two beautiful waterfalls: Tonsai waterfall and Bangpe. They are the ornament of the park. The Park Khao Phra-Theo is a real jungle and it is found in many exotic animals and birds. Brought from other places, the traumatized monkeys get good treatment here. Especially for them, the park is conducting a program to adapt to new conditions of life. Framed by white sandy beaches washed by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea,
Phuket is considered to be a tropical paradise. Here are some of the most magnificent beaches in the world and the best resort hotels. Phuket offers a diverse vacation - from simple bathing in the sun before sailing, scuba diving, traveling on the sea in a canoe to playing golf.
Phuket is the largest island of Thailand, the pearl of the Andaman coast. Located on the south-west of the country, 862 kilometers from Bangkok (70 minutes by Thai Airways), Phuket is one of the most prestigious resorts in the world, famous for the exotic nature, white coral beaches, rich marine life and the most exquisite sea food in Thailand. The best season for holiday in Phuket is from late October till April. From May to late October monsoons bring south-westerly winds from the tropical rains, which, however,are quickly replaced by sunny weather. This period is the best for windsurfing, so that if you are not afraid of occasional rain Phuket is waiting for you in summer.