Update: The photo below is from Indonesia.

When Chinese merchants traveled through Asia centuries ago, they took their traditions and rituals with them. Thousands of years later, many countries in Asia celebrate the centuries-old traditions, adding their own twists.

In the photo below, a man pierces his body with metal skewers during the celebration of Cap Go Meh, held 15 days after the Lunar New Year. Locally known as Tatung, these men are said to be possessed by benevolent spirits, which empower them to perform stunts such as this.

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A worshiper pierces his cheeks with metal skewers during the Cap Go Meh festival, which marks the end of Lunar New Year celebrations. (Tatan Syuflana/Associated Press)

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