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A man walks at the Sapam shrine with piercings on his tongue as a purification ritual during the annual vegetarian festival observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man walks at the Sapam shrine with piercings on his tongue as a purification ritual during the annual vegetarian festival observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket,...more

A man walks at the Sapam shrine with piercings on his tongue as a purification ritual during the annual vegetarian festival observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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People celebrate the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People celebrate the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People celebrate the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A woman participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A woman participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A woman participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A man gets piercings on his arm during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man gets piercings on his arm during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man gets piercings on his arm during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A man participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A woman with a piercing on her cheek participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A woman with a piercing on her cheek participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge...more

A woman with a piercing on her cheek participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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People celebrate the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People celebrate the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People celebrate the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People attend a ceremony at a shrine, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community, in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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A man with piercings on his cheek and mouth participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man with piercings on his cheek and mouth participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022....more

A man with piercings on his cheek and mouth participates in the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Devotees wait for the start of the procession before sunrise, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, at Sapam shrine in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Devotees wait for the start of the procession before sunrise, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, at Sapam shrine in Phuket, Thailand...more

Devotees wait for the start of the procession before sunrise, during the annual vegetarian festival, observed by Taoist devotees from the Thai-Chinese community in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, at Sapam shrine in Phuket, Thailand September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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