Tesagan Gin Je
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Tesagan Gin Je (Or Vegetarian Festival) as it is more commonly known as) is a Taoist event, celebrated during the 9th month of the lunar calendar every year throughout Southeast Asia particularly in Phuket, Thailand.

Legend has it a Chinese group fell prey to a deadly epidemic. Upon adopting a vegetarian diet and praying to the nine gods, they were cured. To commemorate the occasion, the vegetarian festival developed. Aside from adopting a vegetarian diet, they also adopt a total of ten principles adhered to during the festival, including: abstinence from sex, alcohol and only dressing in white clothing.

Masong (Those who invite the spirits of the gods to possess their bodies) are rewarded by the nine gods by leaving few scars and drawing little blood despite the gruesome administered body modification. A variety of rituals are performed at the temple so the gods can inhibit their bodies and they can practice the cheek, tongue and body piercings with little pain.