18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

A Hindu man waiting for his turn to have a clean head shave during Thaipusam festivity. Upon fullfilling their religious vow(s) with their Lord Muruga, most Hindus (women and men included) will forego their hair. This head shaving is not only a religious ritual but also a symbol of purification during tjhis festivity.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Batu caves, Malaysia
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Teik Ow