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Sumo grand champion Hakuho of Mongolia performs his ring entry forms at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. The Shinto ritual is part of the annual New Year’s celebrations at the shrine. Photo AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
Hungarian Artist Miklos Zoltan Baji performs a shamanic ritual around a bonfire during winter solstice celebrations in Bekescsaba Hungary. Photo Peter Lehoczky/MTI via AP)
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A devotee with his body painted poses as he waits to perform during a ritual as part of the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival at Sona Palasi village, in West Bengal, India
Shepherds rest next to their herds of longhorned zebus at a public, riverside abattoir in the Muslim PK5 district in Bangui on Friday. The animals, which are ritually slaughtered according to the precepts of Islam, produce the meat that provides for the needs of the enclaved muslim population
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Dorog Hassidic sect gather around a butcher just before he slaughter a chicken as part of the Kaparot ritual, in which it is believed that one transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken, in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday
A Nepalese Hindu devotee stands with burning oil lamps on his shoulders as part of a ritual to celebrate the tenth and final day of Dashain festival at Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, in Kathmandu
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Devotees carry a statue of Saint John the Baptist in the Philippines as they take part in a religious ritual known locally as “Taong Putik” while celebrating the feast day of their Catholic patron saint in the village of Bibiclat, north of Manila.
Hindu girls dressed up as Kumari (an unmarried girl) wait for rituals to start during Ramnavmi festival at the Adyapeath Ashram on the outskirts of Kolkata on Tuesday
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Sulphur miners carrying a goat take part in an annual ritual on the Ijen volcano in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The goat is slaughtered and the head buried in the volcano’s crater. The offering is made to ward off potential disasters for the next year.
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.
Japanese school students attend a purification ritual as they pray during the annual opening ceremony for Mount Fuji at Murayama Sengen Shrine in Fujinomiya, Japan on Monday.
A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in Ahmedabad, India.