Wordful Wednesday 001: Holy week penitents

Today, I am going beyond my usual Wordless Wednesday posts and actually sign in at Wordful Wednesday – which I happen to discover while blog hopping (again! hehehe). I thought this meme would be more apt since I my Wordless posts are Wordful anyway, tee-hee-hee.

So for my first post, I’m going to talk about one of the Holy Week practices in the Philippines that I witnessed last month in Pampanga province. Pampanga is in — of the Philippines and is known to have the “bloodied” Holy Week in the country. Why? Because of this practice…

It is one of the Catholic practices – handed down by the Spanish colonisers – and done mostly by hooded, bare-chested men to re-enact the sufferings of Jesus Christ. It is a rite done by these men every year as a personal vow to cleanse them of their sins, among others.

Some even go through crucifixion themselves.

It was very disturbing for me to watch it and I didn’t post here other photos that I think might disturb the readers. You can imagine how I cringe at every sound the bamboo sticks made as it hit the bare backs… There were so many thoughts circling in my head – wouldn’t these men get infected by tetanus or something?

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