Filipinos nailed to the cross

easter ritual PhilippinesBloody ritual in the Philippines: In memory of the suffering of Jesus several believers was nailed to the cross. On Good Friday the faithful do remember in this way the suffering of Jesus. The brutal spectacle attracts thousands of tourists.

The ritual is a tradition – the Philippines is predominantly Catholic, Easter is next to Christmas their highest Christian festival.

nailed to the crossMore than a dozen worshipers were nailed to the cross – seen by tens of thousands of spectators. The church condemned the action.

In the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan, about 75 kilometers north of Manila, on Friday morning dozens of men were already run barefoot through the streets and beat themselves on the back with whips tied with broken glasses at the end. The self-flagellation is intended as atonement for past sins.

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