Thaipusam is a Hindu festival that showcases the vulnerability of the human body and profound spiritual dedication. Participants pierce their bodies with spears and hooks, then undertake kilometers-long journeys to sacred temples to express their devotion to Lord Murugan. It emphasizes the connection between faith and vulnerability, illustrating that our bodies are capable of much more than we often realize, and that spiritual devotion can lead us to exceptional feats. Over a month before the festival, Hindus prepare by fasting and following a special diet. During the festival, they enter a trance-like state, experiencing no bloodshed and feeling no pain.

I find it a fascinating example of the astonishing physical and mental capabilities of humans. The human body is highly resilient and capable of remarkable feats, even when faced with extreme challenges. In the Western world, there is a growing focus on training the body and mind through techniques such as breathwork, meditation, cold showers, and ice baths. The Thaipusam festival is truly next level.