Devotee

Man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles...A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila April 17, 2014. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

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A man whips a devotee during a Maundy Thursday ritual by penitents to atone for sins in Angeles, Pampanga north of Manila. Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

A Hindu devotee's tongue is pierced befo...A Hindu devotee's tongue is pierced before making his way towards the Hill Top Murugan temple during the colourful annual Thaipusam festival, one of the world's most extreme displays of religious devotion, in Georgetown on the Malaysian island of Penang on January 17, 2014. The Hindu festival of Thaipusam, which commemorates the day when Goddess Pavarthi gave her son Lord Muruga an invincible lance with which he destroyed evil demons, is celebrated by some two million ethnic Indians in Malaysia.   AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANMOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A Hindu devotee’s tongue is pierced before making his way towards the Hill Top Murugan temple during the colourful annual Thaipusam festival, one of the world’s most extreme displays of religious devotion, in Georgetown on the Malaysian island of Penang.

A Nepalese Hindu devotee dresses as a deity as he prepares to participate in festivities at the Shikali Temple during celebrations for the Shikali Jatra festival in the village of Khokana, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on October 10, 2013.  Local villagers, who normally do not celebrate the country's most famous festival of Dashain, celebrate the Shikali Jatra each year.

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A Nepalese Hindu devotee, dressed as a deity, prepares to participate in festivities at the Shikali Temple during celebrations for the Shikali Jatra festival in the village of Khokana, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on Thursday

Sri Lanka Hindu Festival

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A truck carries a Sri Lankan Hindu devotee hanging from iron hooks pierced into his back for a ritual during a Hindu temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday.

A Hindu holy man watches devotees at Sangam, in Allahabad, India , Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of Hinduism's important centers.

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A Hindu holy man watches devotees at Sangam, in Allahabad, India. Allahabad, on the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswathi, is one of the religion’s important centers.

A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in Ahmedabad...A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 29, 2013. Hindu devotees subject themselves to painful rituals during the religious procession to demonstrate their faith and as a penance to the deity at a temple dedicated to the goddess Shitla. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

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A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in Ahmedabad, IndiaRead more

TOPSHOTS An Indian Hindu devotee dressed as a monkey takes part in a procession outside the Hanuman temple in New Delhi on April 25, 2013 on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of the Hindu monkey-god. Hanuman, known for his strength, is worshipped for his unyielding devotion to Lord Rama and is remembered for his selfless dedication to the diety.

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An Indian Hindu devotee dressed as a monkey takes part in a procession outside the Hanuman temple in New Delhi. It is the birthday of Hanuman Jayanti, the the Hindu monkey-god. Hanuman, known for his strength, is worshipped for his unyielding devotion to Lord Rama and is remembered for his selfless dedication to the deity. Read more