Hindu festival involving hooks by Azim Khan Ronnie and Syed Mahabubul Kader (15 images)

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Devoted worshippers are swung by large metal hooks which have been dug into the skin on their backs as part of a painful tradition at a religious festival. Thousands descended on the village of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, to celebrate the Hindu folk festival Charak Puja in honour of the God Shiva, known as The Destroyer.

During the celebration, which is held to mark the end of the Bengali calendar year, worshippers must pay a series of penances to please their God and ensure the next...
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