Malaysian-Chinese devotee (C) gets his mouth pierced with a needle on the fifth day of the annual Nine Emperor Gods festival in Tow Boon Kong temple in Butterworth, Pinang, Malaysia, on October 5, 2016. During the nine-day celebration, which starts on the eve of the ninth lunar month, Taoists praise the emperor gods, who live in the stars under the reign of Thien Hou, the Queen of Heaven, who brings good fortune, longevity, and good health.

Photo: MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP / East News

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