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Thousands recharge their tattoos at Thailand temple

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People come to the festival to "recharge" their tattoos with special powers believed to provide protection. People come to the festival to "recharge" their tattoos with special powers believed to provide protection.

Thousands of people gathered at a temple in Thailand for an annual festival of tattoos. 

People come to the festival to "recharge" their tattoos with special powers believed to provide protection.  Loud shrieks and wailing echoed through the crowd as some people fell into a trance and acted out the characteristics of the sacred animals depicted by their body art. 

The fame and artistry of the temple's late-tattoo master draws people to get tattoos there.  The annual ceremony allows them to pay respects to the monks who inked them.

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