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Mulyadi pounds a nail into his nostril, leaving it embedded in his face, horrifying a group of slack-jawed spectators of debus, an Indonesian tradition blending martial arts with grotesque self-injury.Debus master Aris Afandi puts it to the test as he goes at a fellow fighter's arm with a machete, although his foot pounding and yelling seems to have more impact than the cut.Afandi chants a prayer and wipes some blood from his comrade's arm to reveal what appears to be only a minor injury. Nearby, a sledgehammer crashes into the end of a large stick that appears to be pressed against a fighter's stomach, eliciting a howling cry.The Banten provincial government is trying to revive interest in the fading tradition, hosting an event last year that featured more than 5,000 fighters – a record.
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