Monday, March 24, 2008
Philippine Good Friday
This home-video footage shows Philippine devotees reenacted Jesus Christ's suffering on Good Friday, by volunteering to have themselves nailed to crosses. The event started with a procession of men hitting their backs with bamboo sticks hanging from ropes. This act of self-flagellation is a common way to atone for sins. Soon they approached a mound where three crosses stood. Volunteers were then laid on the crosses and had nails driven through their palms and feet. Around 23 people, including 2 women, were scheduled to go through the crucifixions in three separate ceremonies in San Fernando City.
The Philippines is Asia's largest predominantly Roman Catholic country. Although church leaders frown upon the event, it has become a tourist attraction bringing in huge crowds of local and foreign tourists every year.