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Hindu devotees pray in front of Lord Muruga's chariot during the Thaipusam Hindu festival on January 29, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 600,000 people are expected to attend the festival which begins by followers shaving their heads before embarking on a pilgrimage of devotion. Pilgrims engage in acts of devotion along the way, with mortification of the flesh by piercing themselves with vel skewers. By Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images.

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