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Thailand's magic tattoo festival

A devotee attends the religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra Monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, March 16. Devotees travel to the Wat Bang Phra Monastery to have their bodies adorned with tattoos they believe have mystical powers, ward off bad luck and protect them from harm.   REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee attends the religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra Monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, March 16. Devotees travel to the Wat Bang Phra Monastery to have their...more

A devotee attends the religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra Monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, March 16. Devotees travel to the Wat Bang Phra Monastery to have their bodies adorned with tattoos they believe have mystical powers, ward off bad luck and protect them from harm. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Devotees are sprayed with holy water during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Devotees are sprayed with holy water during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Devotees are sprayed with holy water during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A devotee attends the religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra Monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee attends the religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra Monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee attends the religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra Monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Devotees in trance mimic beasts during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Devotees in trance mimic beasts during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Devotees in trance mimic beasts during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the body of a man during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the body of a man during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit...more

A buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the body of a man during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A devotee in trance is calmed down by volunteers during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance is calmed down by volunteers during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance is calmed down by volunteers during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the body of a man during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the body of a man during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit...more

A buddhist monk uses a traditional needle to tattoo the body of a man during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance mimics a beast during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A devotee in trance is calmed down by volunteers during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance is calmed down by volunteers during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A devotee in trance is calmed down by volunteers during a religious tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra monastery, where devotees believe that their tattoos have mystical powers, in Nakhon Pathom province, March 16. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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