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> Thaipusam, Advice on Thaipusam at Batu Caves Feb 01 /07
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post Jan 13 2007, 10:29 PM
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Hello, I am wondering if anyone has gone to the Thaipusam celebrations at Batu before. If so, do you have any good advice for someone who has never been to Malaysia before? Where to go, what to do/not to do? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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post Jan 14 2007, 02:59 PM
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Hi,

If you go to our main page and type in Thaipusam, leave the choice of searches set to travel blogs, you will have results of travelogues that talk about it.

This is what one of our members said....

We got up early in order to catch the bus to where the festival was being held, and I can honestly say that this was the most colourful festival I have ever seen. There were men proving their worth to their gods by forcing hooks through their skin (through the sides of their mouth, their cheeks, their chest, their backs etc...) and pulled people along or hung things from these hooks, very strange. Once we got to a different area of the festival where they were playing music, we saw all the locals dancing, and in an act of either courage or stupidity, Mark decided to join in!!!! We are due to go back to the festival for the evening celebrations but afterwards will be watching England give the Italians a sound thrashing, hopefully!!!! As it would be our last night with Mark and Bridget we went out for a meal at the seafood market, on the way back we stopped by the main entertainment stage for evening celebrations of Thaipusam! After dancing like idiots with stupid cardboard hand thingies, we persuaded Mark and Ed to participate in an eating competition, 1st round = something sour, 2nd round = resembled a cucumber, 3rd round = chillis. unfortunately they finished last in first round and so were disqualified, but Team Iran went onto win!!! Then watched England play diabolically against the Italians who quite honestly deserved a better result although it was nice to score maximum points from the match!!

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post Jan 14 2007, 05:08 PM
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Sounds crazy! Those hooks sounds kinda scary...I would probably not take part in that. In any case, it seems quite tribal.


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post Apr 2 2007, 10:34 AM
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from what I saw at Batu caves (certainly only a fraction of the whole lead-up and preparations of those involved), There really weren't that many hooks/mutilations... Most people had tiny hooks in their skin, and were sporting a big shrine thingy on their heads (I forget the proper name for this) for the entire day. Pretty hard work, but it wasn't ridiculously insane, and I was surprised at how few were actaully towing things with hooks. Maybe that's gets more popularized as it is more sensational! At any rate, it certainly was an experience, and I was a bit chilled everytime I heard the odd person screaming as they got the hooks put in them. (ARRRGGHHHH!!!! et cetera...)


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