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From the Archives: The real Phuket – Tom Vater reports on the Vegetarian Festival for Fortean Times

Another golden oldie, that old chestnut, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which I covered in 2005 for Fortean Times and several other publications. Never mind the flash resorts, sleazy bars, high rise condos and MacHolidays on offer on Thailand’s largest and most overdeveloped tourist island.  Phuket also has culture. Every year, men and women have their […]

Sacred Skin reviewed in Fortean Times

The fantastical Fortean Times, a magazine covering all things magic, esoteric, leftfield and conspiratorial, a great publication I used to write for some years back, has reviewed Sacred Skin. Their page long run down can be found in the publication’s August issue. Other than TIME’s review (European edition),this is the first UK review for Sacred […]

From the Archives: Tom Vater on the Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival in Thailand

Every year in March, thousands of Buddhist devotees gather at a temple an hour west of Bangkok to worship and celebrate one of Thailand’s strangest cults: At Wat Bang Phra, Buddhist monks use long needles to tattoo magic images and prayers on the believers’ skin. The tattoos are believed to give the wearer protection, especially […]

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