12:27 pm - Sunday September 25, 2016

50% less injuries for Vegetarian Festival’s mediums in 2010

Vegetarian Festival

Dr. Narinrat Pichayakamin, Head of Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO), said that Phuket had campaigned with the Chinese god and goddess mediums (masong) about safer weapons used in self torture during the street processions in the Vegetarian Festival 2010. As a result, the number of mediums who were injured by self torture decreased 50% compared to last year’s event. There were only 21 mediums treated in hospitals and there were fewer people injured by firecrackers.

Dr. Narinrat said that the decreased number of the injured mediums was because the shrine managers were trained by PPHO staff to strictly force their mediums to only use the weapons mentioned in the Chinese legends in the self torture instead of big and strange items.

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