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Philippines Easter: Devotees nailed to crosses, submit to flogging [pictures]

19/04/2019

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Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC VISUALS.

Wilfredo Salvador stared at the sky and appeared to mumble a prayer after the slight 62-year-old with wild grey hair and a long beard became the first local zealot this year to hang from a wooden cross.

I will not stop this for as long as I am alive, because this is what gives me life, said Salvador, a fisherman who has been volunteering to be crucified for 14 straight years since recovering from a nervous breakdown.

Neighbours costumed as Roman centurions drove eight-centimetre (three-inch) spikes through each of his hands and feet before the wooden cross was raised briefly for the crowds to see.

He was treated and bandaged at a first aid tent after the village square ritual then nonchalantly walked back home.

Every Good Friday several men are nailed to a cross in a re-enactment of the crucifixtion of Jesus Christ to atone for sins or seek divine intercession. Photo: AFP | Noel CELIS Seven other men and a woman were also crucified at other villages around San Fernando city during the day, the city tourism office told AFP.

Photo: Noel CELIS / AFP Clad in a maroon dress, Mary Jane Sazon told reporters she had herself nailed to the cross for the 16th time to beseech God to keep members of her family healthy.

I've been doing this year in and year out because I know it leads to a better life for us, said the 44-year-old beautician.

Earlier Friday, hundreds of barefoot men wearing crowns of twigs and black shrouds walked silently on the side of a village road in the scorching tropical heat, flogging their backs with bamboo strips tied to a length of rope.

A Philippine Christian devotee is nailed to a cross during a reenactment of the Crucifixion of Christ during Good Friday ahead of Easter in San Juan, Pampanga. Photo: Noel CELIS / AFP Every Good Friday several men are nailed to a cross in a re-enactment of the crucifixtion of Jesus Christ to atone for sins or seek divine intercession. Photo: Noel CELIS / AFP A flagellant lies on the ground as part of their penitence during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for Good Friday in San Juan, Pampanga, north of Manila. Photo: Noel CELIS / AFP While many of the 80 million Filipino Catholics spend Good Friday at church or with family, others go to these extreme lengths to atone for sins or seek divine intervention in a spectacle that has become a major tourist attraction.

This is a religious vow. I will do this every year for as long as I am able, 38-year-old truck driver Resty David, who has been self-flagellating for half his life, told AFP.

He said he also hoped it would convince God to cure his cancer-stricken brother.

Blood and sweat soaked through the penitents' trousers with some spectators grimacing with each strike of the lash.

Some hid behind their companions to avoid the splatter of gore and ripped flesh.

Very intense' Many in the crowds had driven for hours to witness the crucifixions the frenzied climax of the day's gory spectacle that Catholics say is a re-enactment the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

German tourist Annika Ehlers, 24, was among them.

I'm a little bit overwhelmed. It's very intense, I haven't expected something like this, she told AFP after watching Salvador's crucifixion.

The bloody spectacle has played out every year around San Fernando, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) north of Manila, despite Church entreaties for their flock to spend Lent in quiet prayer and reflection.

The crucifixion and death of Jesus are more than enough to redeem humanity from the effects of sins. They are once in a lifetime events that need not be repeated, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines official Father Jerome Secillano said.

Holy Week is not the time to showcase man's propensity for entertainment and Pharisaical tendencies, he added.

Nearly 80 percent of people in the Philippines are Catholic, a legacy of the nation's 300 years of Spanish colonial rule that ended at the turn of the 20th century.

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