Saturday, April 3, 2010
In these disturbing pictures, Filipinos indulge in what has become an annual ritual where they are nailed to crosses and whipped in an annual ritual to celebrate Good Friday.
Dozens of men and women were crucified in villages across this heavily Roman Catholic country, in one of the world’s most bizarre practices anywhere to mark the day when Christians believe Jesus Christ was put to death.
Above, is 34-year-old Mary Jane Mamangon. A rice cake vendor, was the lone female devotee to be nailed to a cross this year in San Juan village. It was her 14th time.
The ritual reenactment has taken place for the last 33 years, ending at 3PM. The exact time Catholics believe Jesus died on the cross.
About 80 per cent of the population of more than 90 million people in the Philippines are Roman Catholic.
While the Vatican doesn’t officially condone this savage ritual, local Roman Catholic priests do absolutely nothing to discourage it either.