on August 5, 2000
In early September, we happened upon Chinese nationals honoring their gods with a spirited, fascinating self-mutilation ceremony. First the young men put themselves into a trance while drums echoed a steady beat. Then they rapped themselves in strings of firecrackers, cut deep gashes into the tongues, flogged themselves with Cat-O-Nine Tails and ran needles through various body parts. Fascinating (voyeuristic) glimpse at another culture. No way to plan for this. Just be willing to dig into the side streets.
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