Q: What is the religion where once a year people spear them selves?

During the celebration of the religious holiday Thaipusam, Hindus throughout the world declare their devotion to Lord Murugan by piercing various parts of their bodies. This may not sound unusual, except that the piercings are usually done with skewers, lances, large hooks or a small spear called a vel. So, in a way the Hindus spear themselves during the holiday Thaipusam.

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