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Devotion Bw

Steve Harrington

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Bolton, ON - Canada

That's great! Thank you, Sharon. :)

Maui, Ha - United States

:: Starz :: :: Dimensions :: :: Fine Art Photography :: . . Aloha Steve . thank you . . your beautiful photograph is featured on the homepage :: Monotone :: . . ♥ . .

Bolton, ON - Canada

How nice! Thank you, Sharon! That would please me greatly. Is there anything I must do?

Maui, Ha - United States

:: Starz :: :: Dimensions :: :: Monotone :: . . it is so wonderful to see this beautiful image again Steve . it has been one of my favourites since the first time I saw it on another website . . love to offer you a feature in my groups . best of luck to you in the contest . enjoyed reading this wonderful conversation thread as well . . thank you for your commentary on the background and the fascinating experience you had . beautiful meaningful work .

Bolton, ON - Canada

Hmm...there are bad reasons as well as good. :) Thank you for that thought, Juls!

Draper, UT - United States

....it happened for a reason

Bolton, ON - Canada

I still have mixed emotions about the experience...

Wesley, ME - United States

To answer your inquiry, I am still active in Nikonians, enjoy the monthly challenge, find it helps to keep my old brain thinking creatively!

Wesley, ME - United States

Wow! Thanks for sharing the background story, it makes the image that much more meaningful.

Draper, UT - United States

What an experience for you and your group to witness - It is a Beautiful Image and one that has stayed with me.

Bolton, ON - Canada

The scene was surreal. Bells rang as the priest skewered his cheeks...no blood, just a single tear. This all led to a lengthy discussion with my group, which was an educational tour. At the very least I learned to be careful what I ask for...

Bolton, ON - Canada

The Hindu temple is famous for self-mortification and I asked whether my group would have an opportunity to see it. I was told that for a small fee it was possible. I expected an old man who fancied himself a human pin cushion, not a 12 year old!

Draper, UT - United States

Please explain?

Bolton, ON - Canada

Thank you, Susan! Good memory! Are you still active at Nikonians? There is a long story behind this image. It was indeed moving and memorable, in part because as the tour leader I was naively responsible in small part for the ceremony occurring. It was all terribly real and genuine. If only I had known...

Wesley, ME - United States

Excellent job on this one, must have been a very moving experience. I remember your fine work from Nikonian's online assignment forum miss seeing you there. You have an outstanding collection of works!

Bolton, ON - Canada

It was one of the most dramatic photographic experiences I have had! Thank you, Juls! ~Steve

Draper, UT - United States

Wow.....Beautiful and powerful

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Devotion Bw

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Steve Harrington

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A young Hindu has his cheeks pierced during a ceremony at Katargama, southern Sri Lanka. There was no blood...just a single tear appeared after the piercing. The combination of his stoicism with the heat and clanging temple bells made for a surreal experience I will never forget.

Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka and South India refer to the place as Katirkamam. Out of love for Lord Murugan and to mitigate bad karma, bhaktars pierce their cheeks and tongues with vels, pull large chariots carrying murthi of Murugan with large hooks pierced through the skin of their backs. This practice is known as kavadi.
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