Ajayshah@aol.com wrote: > > 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).