The annual Wai Khru (Pay Respect to Teacher) ceremony at Wat Bang Phra is held for the blessing and renewal of the power of the attendees’ tattoos.
Many of those who attend actually become possessed by the spirit of the animals they have personified on their bodies.
Thousands of people come to pray and watch the morning's events.
The newly possessed rush the stage and are calmed by a team of body snatchers.
Khong Khuen / Animal Spirit Possession
Spirituality and superstition run skin deep
Sak Yant tattoos are a derivative from Hindu, Brahman, Animist and Buddhist traditions.
Monks peer at the madness from within one of the inner temple walls.
Senior monks leading thousands in prayers
The temple grounds are quite difficult to explore due to the insanely large crowds.
After the morning's activities and blessings everyone suddenly disperses.