Re: NEWS : Hindus Atone for Sins at Ritual
Posted By Kanaka Raj (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 29 Jan 1997 04:07:14 -0500
> By HARI S. MANIAM
> Associated Press Writer
> KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Defying pain, hundreds of Hindus
> pierced themselves Thursday with steel rods, needles and hooks in
> an annual religious ritual of thanksgiving and atonement.
> The festival, known as Thaipusam, was brought from India by
> 19th-century immigrants who came to then British-ruled Malaya as
> laborers and government officials. It is no longer practiced in India.
Not true. It is still practiced in Tamil Nadu, Bharath (India).