PHUKET, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 30: A vegetarian festival devotee prepares himself to get off the needles of his face after a parade through the downtown streets at Jui Tui shrine on September 30, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces its roots back to the early 1800's. The annual festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck. The ritualized mutilation is performed at a local Buddhist shrine under a trance-like state and is carefully supervised.  (Photo by Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Images)