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INDIA / QUIRKY: Priests whip women to ward off evil spirits in southern India
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TIRUCHIRAPALLI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (OCTOBER 07, 2011) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC) EXTERIOR OF A TEMPLE IDOL OF A HINDU GOD HINDU DEVOTEES STANDING IN THE TEMPLE PREMISES A PRIEST OFFERING PRAYERS IDOLS OF HINDU GODS AND GODDESSES A PRIEST OFFERING PRAYERS DEVOTEES STANDING DEVOTEES HOLDING FLAGS AND WALKING DEVOTEES PERFORMING A TRADITIONAL DANCE DEVOTEES BEATING DRUMS A PRIEST WHIPPING WOMEN WOMEN SQUATTING CONTINUOUS WHIPPING IN PROGRESS A WOMAN STANDING ANOTHER WOMAN BEING WHIPPED LOCALS STANDING A PRIEST WHIPPING WHIPPING IN PROGRESS POLICEMEN AND LOCALS LOOKING (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) RAM KUMAR, A LOCAL, SAYING: “Priests at the temple lash women and break coconuts on their heads to ward off evil spirits that might have possessed them. This is not done for money or any other personal gain. The motive of the ritual is to detach women from negative energies. A person is whipped four-five times to completely eliminate any evil spirits. A lot of people believe that this ritual could help them in their personal lives and that is why they come here.” DEVOTEES SITTING A COCONUT BEING SMASHED ON A DEVOTEE’S HEAD ANOTHER DEVOTEE’S HEAD BEING SMASHED WITH COCONUT
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