Is it in the nature of man to bear pain, self-inflicted?

See the photograph at this URL.
http://lightbox.time.com/2013/10/10/piercing-through-evil/#1
Doesn’t it remind you of Thaipusam? By the way what is the origin of the word THAIpusam?
is there something to it more than the name of a month ?

And then there are rituals, elsewhere and here too, of self-flagellation, self-crucifixion, , walking over burning coals, starving to death for Nirvana etc.
There must be something primordial and inherent in human nature, to sublimate willing submission to pain and suffering , across borders of religion, race, time (haven’t we seen the craze in recent times in young people to pierce their bodies all over with metal rings etc, as a style statement) and geographical boundaries

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