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Tattoos come to life as festivalgoers act out creatures inked on their bodies

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

Devotees in a trance state mimic the creatures which are tattooed on their bodies during the annual Magic Tattoo Festival at Wat Bang Phra in Nakhon Prathom province, near Bangkok, Thailand, March 23. Thousands of believers from across Thailand travel to the Buddhist monastery to attend the annual tattoo festival to have their bodies adorned with tattoos and to pay their respects to the temple's master tattooist. They believe the tattoos have mystical powers which ward off bad luck and protect them from harm.