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The Philippines Has Its Good Friday Ritual Nailed Down

While President Obama broke new ground by hosting a White House Passover seder dinner for staffers and family, Catholics in the Philippines were carrying on a long standing Holy Week tradition.

For Good Friday, dozens of devotees were nailed to crosses, and many more had their backs whipped to atone for their sins. The Catholic Church officially frowns on the ritual, but that doesn't stop the worshipers, who go as far as driving nails into their hands.

Tourists from all over the world travel to the ceremonies, and business-savvy locals sell souvenirs and bottled water to spectators. Hopefully, they have some pain medicine to sell to those being crucified.


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LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 8 years
I never saw a problem with these rituals, I was actually there for the procession one year when I was younger. Some just carried the cross, some did whip their own backs, and some did nail their hands (some also just tied their hands to the cross). It was all voluntary and deeply religious, those people feel they had something to atone for and I'm moved for them.
sw33tlovin sw33tlovin 8 years
i'm a proud filipina, but that is just one of the many crazy things that happen in the philippines IMO. but even though i think it's crazy, i agree with grandpa. if they want to do that, then they should have that right if they're not harming anyone.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
As long as folks practice their own religion, and do it voluntarily, and do not force anyone else to join them; let them alone
em1282 em1282 8 years
"Oh no, I guess this is telling people to go hang others on crosses" Ummm, ok? :oy:
em1282 em1282 8 years
"Oh no, I guess this is telling people to go hang others on crosses"Ummm, ok? :oy:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Hypno, I think these people want to go through what he did , except for the dying part, to feel that pain , the sacrifice that he gave for us. I know that when i used to read the bible and get to that part I would say "how on earth did he endure" and well, these people took that a step further apparently.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hot Damn! Now that's what I call putting your money where your mouth is baby. I thought the hope of Christianity is to live as Christ not die as Christ. Look I love me some Jesus but I'll be damned if I'm driving nails into my palms honey. Jesus himself would have to come down him self and ask me to do some $#!+ like that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Ha Ha Undave.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
deviled eggs .... :smelly:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Doesnt mean I am going to nail myself to a cross sunday, " Ummm, you need to nail yourself today, and die today. Then you can get up on Sunday.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
:oy:
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Oh no, I guess this is telling people to go hang others on crosses
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
It seems barbaric, but part of me understands it. Its a ritual to them and its more so important because of its religious meaning. Just like people have extreme body piercings, or whole body tattoos, or even how some sports are very bloody, its about a persons passion for thier art, or religion, or sport. Doesnt mean I am going to nail myself to a cross sunday, in fact I will probably just eat alot of ham and deviled eggs, but i understand this type of thing.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Now those are real Christians!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:rotfl: Dave!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"sorry typing one handed " That's what HE said
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
:rotfl:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
sorry typing one handed
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
dude and /i had quite afew good twss's last night moving our new cali king matress into our room. examples: I can't fit it in. It's just too big honey. etc
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:rotfl:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
That's what she said.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
to each their own
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Um, wow. That is, um, wow. I'm speechless.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
That kind of devotion frightens me.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Very disturbing (sorry that's an understatement)
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