47-spear Prone Kavadi

Thank you so much to Helasdottir for sharing this beautiful horizontal kavadi variation. The forty-seven steel spears have autoclavable screw on tips, and you can click here to see the rigging. She described the experience as both serene and intense — which I think is about ideal.

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

27 thoughts on “47-spear Prone Kavadi

  1. So do they actually pierce the skin? If so, how deep? How much pressure did she feel?

    Ooooh, I’m so interested now. I want to learn much more!

  2. I don’t get it. Are they just heavy or do they go into you? Is the idea not to move so they don’t actually spear you?

  3. owie… :S
    it definitely takes a high pain thresh-hold to withstand that!
    beautiful picture, though…

  4. This is a beautiful kavadi. I have yet to have the chance to do one. I have been suspended 138 times but never this. Does anyone know where I can get a set-up? If so hit me up on my IAM SteveBennett

    Steve Bennett

  5. Count me in among the confused, but impressed, crowd.
    Can we get some more info about this?

  6. I am absolutely inspired.

    Honestly, I would really like to participate in a similar activity, but i wouldn’t even know where to start. :/

  7. Hey – Wow! What lovely comments and thought. Thank you very much!

    I am happy to share exactly how to make the rig and spears and more about the experience to any who want to know more.

    Just write.

    [email protected] or iam:Helasdottir

    Smiling and happy. What a community!



  8. That’s so hot I think my monitor exploded.

    Yes, I know the main intent was not to arouse other people. Still… wow. :)

    And I’m sure it was a wonderful experience, and that’s even better.

  9. *gasp* That’s absolutely gorgeous! kudos :)

    (and thanks as always goes out to Shannon for bringing us the image! :)


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  11. This is not KAVADI. I don’t know this is for show or for fun. KAVADI is only meant for hindus to celebrate on Lord Murugan’s birthday.

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