Saturday, March 26, 2016

Philippine Cath.Crucified in Good Friday Ritual; Several Have Hands and Feet Nailed to Crosses

In a bloody recreation of Jesus' crucifixion, Christian devotees in the northern Philippines were attached to crosses with two-inch nails through their hands and feet yesterday to mark Catholic Good Friday, the Mirror (British) website reports today (March 26, 2016).

The spectacle -- which takes place each year on the outskirts of Cutud village -- began in the 1960s as a small stage play, but has since become a popular tourist attraction.

Hundreds of spectators witnessed the bloody ritual about 50 miles north of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

Penitents recited short prayers under the sweltering heat before being brought down and taken to a nearby clinic for treatment.

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