Losing Oneself at Malaysia's Thaipusam Festival
“Collective effervescence” is experienced at the best of festivals where people find their connection to something bigger. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival in which devotees walk barefoot from Kuala Lumpur to the Batu Caves carrying decorated wooden frames called kavadi that pierce their bodies. It's a reminder that we can transcend our earthly obstacles through discipline and devotion, through belief in powers beyond ourselves, and through the universal love of family and friends.
Collected by Chip Conley, Festival Correspondent