Entering a trance

Part 1 of 3, Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur, 2012

The expressions on the faces of devotees who bear the kavadi during the festival change rapidly during the day. From anger, to tears, to sadness, to happiness, to crazed eye bulging explosions. The burden of the kavadi, the pain, the incessant drum beats, the smoking of raw cigars — it puts them into a trance.