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  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows two Indian women in a Hindu procession, taken between 1974 and 1976. One of them has a short skewer across her mouth. A police man is seen directing traffic with a thin baton as traffic moves in the opposite direction to the procession. Title devised by Library...
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. A Hindu man is seen stepping briskly on the hot coal. A trench filled with milk is seen on the right for the devotees to dip their feet after their firewalking. Title devised...
  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a close-up view of a Hindu male devotee taking part in a Hindu procession, taken between 1974 and 1976. He has a short skewer across his mouth and another skewer through his tongue, along with a few other devotees. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Chettiars' Temple, mid-1970s

    Streets and Places
    This photograph shows a Hindu ceremony at a Chettiars' Temple, taken between 1974 and 1976. It shows a standing congregation of mostly women devotees. A framed picture of a female deity hangs on one of the pillars. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. Three Hindu men are briskly walking on the hot coal pit. Excited spectators watch from behind the barriers, while a few photographers are seen near the milk trench. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. A devotee is seen running on the hot coal pit carrying branches of leaves, while excited spectators watch from behind the barriers. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a Hindu procession along a road flanked by shophouses on each side, taken between 1974 and 1976. Police officers can be seen walking alongside the huge crowd of devotees. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the Sri Mariamman temple. It shows a priest and a devotee seemingly in preparation for the firewalking. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Thaipusam, 1976

    This photograph shows a close-up view of a Kavadi bearer during the Thaipusam festival of 1976. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    This photograph shows an interior view of the Sri Mariamman temple in 1975, where a Theemithi firewalking festival is held. It shows a penance ritual involving the use of the chaattai (whip) tied to the firewalkers' wrists. Another devotee with pierced chest and back is seen on the left. Title...
  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a Hindu road procession, taken between 1974 and 1976. Leading the procession are mostly bare-torso men with garlands around their neck. The procession is moving against the flow of traffic and police officers can be seen managing the incoming traffic and the crowd. Title devised by Library...
  • Chettiars' Temple, mid-1970s

    Streets and Places
    This photograph shows a Hindu ceremony at a Chettiars' Temple, taken between 1974 and 1976. It shows a priest standing at the altar, leading the ceremony before a packed congregation of devotees. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a group of male devotees in a Hindu road procession, taken between 1974 and 1976. A few of them have pierced mouths and forehead, and leaf garlands over their necks. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a Hindu procession taken between 1974 and 1976. Three bare-torso men in yellow shorts with pierced mouths and tongues are taking part in the religious procession. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a close-up view of a group of Indian men in a Hindu procession, taken between 1974 and 1976. One of them has a pierced mouth and tongue and a few piercings on his upper chest. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hindu procession, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a Hindu road procession, taken between 1974 and 1976. It shows a priest with a garlanded pot on his head walking among a crowd of male devotees, among whom are a few with pierced tongues. Police officers are seen managing the crowd and traffic. Title devised by...
  • Chettiars' Temple, mid-1970s

    This photograph shows a Hindu priest holding on to a deity on a horse figurine atop a high platform surrounded by a group of male devotees, taken between 1974 and 1976. The ceremony is taking place at night within the temple's compound. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Theemithi festival at Sri Mariamman Temple, 1975

    Streets and Places
    This photograph shows a Theemithi firewalking festival of 1975 at the courtyard of the Sri Mariamman temple. Two Hindu men are pouring milk into a trench where devotees will dip their feet after their firewalking. Excited spectators are cordoned off from the pit area by black and white barriers. Title...