Worship and Propitiation of Gods - Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012

This meant that Kathu Shrine was peaceful - the calm before the storm which was going to follow on Monday morning.

Visiting Kathu Shrine early in the morning meant that I could get up close to all of the items that are present for the Vegetarian Festival.

The first thing that I noticed was that all of the effigies at the front of the temple were missing - it was beautiful but the red frames were all empty.  

There are a plethora of different effigies normally in the temple but they were clearly out with the Sedan Chairs for the week (I really must find out if each effigy has a meaning).

The next thing that I noticed was the beautiful colours of the robes that were going to be worn by the Mah Song and 'possessed' during the ceremony. (There is a shop in Phuket Town that sells these if you are interested).

Then the next thing that I noticed was the rope whips which the Mah Song use during the parade - some have a handle which is a snake (a Cobra?) and ones which resemble a dragon.

The inside of the shrine itself was very calm and there were people milling about calmly - lovely, well worth a visit even when there is no festival.