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Woman in a trance pierced with a small lance (vel) during Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves, Malaysia. The vel symbolises meditating by keeping silent. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). The festival celebrates the birth of Murugan,the youngest son of Shiva and his wife Parvati. The festival at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur culminates in a 272 step climb into the cave.