Ancient Tongue Piercing Festival

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A Nepalise buddha has pierced his tongue for the sixth time with a long iron spike, which has been soaked in oil for a month, in the hope to bring good fortune during a squeamish ancient festival.

Buddha Krishna Baga Shrestha, 46, from the city of Bode, Bhaktapur, Nepal, believes that if your tongue bleeds during the piercing it is believed to be a bad omen.

Local photographer, Puskar Nepal, visited the over-crowded festival on April 15, which fell on the second day of the Nepalese new year.

Surrounded by a further 20,000 attendees, the photographer had to arrive at the festival hours in advance to secure a spot in order to view the unorthodox tongue piercing.

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