Charak Puja ritual by Azim Knan Ronnie (7 images)

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Hindu devotees push metal hooks through their skin and are suspended from a wooden structure to perform a painful religious ritual.

Painted in colours that represent the gods of the Hindu faith, men from rural areas of Bangladesh take part in the Charak Puja festival, being strung up on long ropes tied to the hooks in their backs.

The practicing Hindus believe the festival, which also involves running across pits of glass shards, will eliminate their sorrow and sufferings, allowing...
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