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Thailand's Vegetarian Festival Is Painfully Awesome

We here at HuffPost Weird News love animals, but there is no way in hell we're doing that.

Thailand's Vegetarian Festival might be the most bizarre way to honor animals, as participants shove knives, swords, umbrellas, and a litany of other objects into their faces.

The festival, which takes place in Phuket until Nov. 1, celebrates a nine day abstinence from meat to promote good health. This is the second festival to take place this year.

Though the origins of the festival are unclear, it is commonly thought that the festival was bought to Phuket by a wandering Chinese opera group who fell ill with malaria while performing on the island.

In 2011, 74 people were injured and one person died. We definitely recommend practicing extreme caution.

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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Vegetarian Festival in Phuket
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Vegetarian Festival in Phuket
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  • Vegetarian Festival in Phuket
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  • Vegetarian Festival in Phuket
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
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