Socio-economic factors involved in participation in extreme rituals

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MAŇO Peter DIMITRIS Xygalatas JOHN Shaver VLADIMÍR Bahna

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Popis Every year, Tamil Hindus around the globe celebrate one of the most extreme rituals in the world. The ceremony involves piercing the body with numerous metallic needles, skewers, or rods; carrying heavy decorated structures (kavadi), often weighing over 30 kg; dragging enormous chariots attached to the hips and backs with hooks; and walking on shoes made of nails or barefooted on the burning asphalt. This ordeal lasts several hours and culminates with participants carrying their burden to the top of a hill. Using a mixed-methods approach, our study examined how various socio-economic factors may impact the nature and intensity of participation in this ritual.
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