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Image of Asia: Good Friday rituals in the Philippines

April 3, 2015

A man plays with his son after being flagellated on Good Friday to atone for sins in the northern Philippines. Hundreds of barefoot devotees walked the streets whipping their bare backs with bamboo sticks dangling from a rope in the village of San Pedro Cutud in Pampanga province. Flagellation rituals and crucifixion re-enactments are held in several places in the predominantly Roman Catholic country each year. Church leaders have spoken against the crucifixion practice mixing Catholic devotion with folk belief, but it continues to draw big crowds.

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