RITUALS OF LIFE: THE PHUKET VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL DVD
In a time when traditional rituals from all over the world are disappearing either because of natural disasters or globalization, the documentation of these practices is important in keeping these sacred traditions alive. This DVD takes you deep into the heart of a festival which most onlookers keep a safe distance from, and is a rare and insightful look into the modern vegetarian festival in the vibrant culture in Phuket, Thailand. Not only is the footage a great up close look at all the different facets of the celebration, but the narration is quite thorough as well. The amount of footage included truly encourages you to feel as if you are walking right along side of the spiritual procession. It was obvious to me that the videographer and photographers truly had respect and a great deal of admiration for the acts being filmed, and that they are lovers of the acts of ritual. It is refreshing to see a documentary done by members of our community, rather then the casual onlooker or tourist with less desire to understand these practices, and to seek the similarities between these and our own. Paul King captured the faces of this festival in such a way that it makes the viewer connect with the devotee in their moments of true faith. (While watching the large size perforations of the devotees it has to be noted that there is relatively minimum bleeding taking place.) For those of us who are practitioners of piercing, it is obvious that the spiritual aspects of this ritual truly control the outcome of the sacrifices made. This documentary is not only a valuable anthropological accomplishment but is an unparalleled contribution to the piercing community. If you have not yet seen it, it is essential for any person interested in anthropology, ritual, and/or body modification. There is a limited edition of this video available through the APP and a portion of the proceeds go the ongoing Tsunami relief efforts.
Written by Paul King
Narrated by Elayne Angel
Videography by Jane Dempsey, Grant Dempsey, and Paul King
Photography by Paul King
Review by Alicia Cardenas
The Association of Professional Piercers would like to thank Paul King, Grant Dempsey, Jane Dempsey, Elayne Angel and Mr. Bad Daddy Entertainment for putting this together for all of us to enjoy.