"Faces & Places"

Devotees to the Chinese shrine of Kathu, in a trance like state, gather following fire walking ceremonies at the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The traditional Chinese vegetarian festival  emphasizes merit making and ritual cleansing of the body to mark the nine-day-long festival.  It also features face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism.
Devotees walk across hot coals at the Chinese shrine of Tae Gun Tae Tai during the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. The traditional Chinese vegetarian festival  emphasizes merit making and ritual cleansing of the body to mark the nine-day-long festival.  It also features face-piercing, spirit mediums, and strict vegetarianism.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Devotees to the Phuket, Thailand Vegetarian Festival

In Southeast Asia and Beyond

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  • Devotees of Thailand's Wat Bang Pra work themselves into a trance called "Klong Khuen" while attending a festival called "Wai Kru" near Nakhon Chai Si on Saturday, March 26, 2013.  Devotees have their tattoo's energized by tattoo masters and Buddhist monks.  Most devotees believe that the tattoos are magic and protect them against such things as bullets and knives.Devotees of Thailand's Wat Bang Pra work themselves into a trance called "Klong Khuen" while attending a festival called "Wai Kru" near Nakhon Chai Si on Saturday, March 26, 2013.  Devotees have their tattoo's energized by tattoo masters and Buddhist monks.  Most devotees believe that the tattoos are magic and protect them against such things as bullets and knives.

    Thailand Tattoo Madness 2013 B&W

    Devotees works themselves into a trace before going wild at Thailand's Tattoo Festival

  • at Sukothai, Thailand, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  (Photo by David Longstreath)at Sukothai, Thailand, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  (Photo by David Longstreath)

    Simply Sukothai

    Once the ancient capital of Siam, Sukothai, Thailand host Thailand's most significant historical park.

  • Saw Klo Say, a former soldier with the Karen National Liberation Army, poses at a refugee camp care center.  Currently there are around 100,000 refugees living in Thailand’s nine refugee camps in the four western border provinces.  Resettlement options have been reduced since Myanmar’s reform and new civilian government began in 2011.  The new military government in Thailand is now pushing for the refugees, many who have known no other home than the camps, to return to Myanmar.Saw Klo Say, a former soldier with the Karen National Liberation Army, poses at a refugee camp care center.  Currently there are around 100,000 refugees living in Thailand’s nine refugee camps in the four western border provinces.  Resettlement options have been reduced since Myanmar’s reform and new civilian government began in 2011.  The new military government in Thailand is now pushing for the refugees, many who have known no other home than the camps, to return to Myanmar.

    Forgotten Struggle

    Former soldiers from the Karen National Union, all landmine victims, all blind gather at a villa set aside for their care. Also former soldiers at the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, themselves landmine victims handcraft prosthetic limbs.

  • A young Cambodia school boy, his family former Khmer Rouge fighters under Pol Pot, looks on from outside his classroom in Anlong Veng, Cambodia.A young Cambodia school boy, his family former Khmer Rouge fighters under Pol Pot, looks on from outside his classroom in Anlong Veng, Cambodia.

    Brutal Land


 

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