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Act of faith

Act of faith: A Hindu woman devotee gets her tongue pierced with a metal rod as a man hangs lemons on metal pins on his body during a religious ritual at the Hindu goddess Mariamman temple, in New Delhi, India, Thursday. The devotees perform ritualistic acts of inflicting pain on themselves as an act of penance with the belief that it will bring welfare to their families and that their prayers will be answered. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Hindu woman devotee gets her tongue pierced with a metal rod as a man hangs lemons on metal pins on his body during a religious ritual at the Hindu goddess Mariamman temple, in New Delhi, India, Thursday. The devotees perform ritualistic acts of inflicting pain on themselves as an act of penance with the belief that it will bring welfare to their families and that their prayers will be answered. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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