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Christians re-enact Good Friday by nailing themselves to crosses

Screaming in pain, some devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation.
Philippines has a majority of Christians and are mostly Roman Catholics.
Reports say a 54-yr-old painter, Ruben Enaje, was among half a dozen men whose hands and feet were rubbed with alcohol before locals dressed as Roman soldiers hammered sterilized nails into his flesh.
Enaje has repeated this same act act for the last 29 years as part of giving thanks after surviving a fall from a building, New York Post says.
This year, he added a gadget — a small microphone near his mouth, although a technical glitch made it difficult to hear him utter Christ’s last words.
The reenactment of Christ’s Crucifixion at a dusty mound in San Pedro Cutud village drew at least 4,000 spectators and tourists, dozens of them foreigners.
Unlike in the past, organizers this year banned foreigners from being nailed to crosses to prevent the event from “becoming a circus,” said Councilor Harvey Quiwa.

After they were lowered from the crosses, medical workers carried the devotees on stretchers and made sure there were no complications from their injuries.
“I think it takes an incredible amount of dedication and commitment to really go through something like that,” said American tourist Tracy Sengillo. “It’s really fascinating.”
Devotees undergo the crucifixions in the belief that such extreme sacrifices are a way to atone for their sins, attain miracle cures for illnesses or give thanks to God.
Similar re-enactments were held in other villages around Pampanga and in other provinces, but San Pedro Cutud attracts the most crowds.
Before the crucifixions, hundreds of barefoot devotees walked the streets, whipping their bare backs with bamboo sticks dangling from ropes.
“I started doing this when my mother got sick, kidney problem. I vowed and prayed to God so that she could be cured,” said an electrician, 25-yr-old Marvin Tao, who has been a flagellant for nine years.

Christians re-enact Good Friday by nailing themselves to crosses Reviewed by Jisieike Samuel on April 09, 2015 Rating: 5

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