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Good Friday Philippines
On Good Friday in the Philippines, men will whip their backs until they're bloody and allow themselves to be crucified.
It's a decades-old practice that takes place predominantly in Pampanga province by devout Catholics as a penance.
In a bloody and brutal annual tradition, devout Catholics in the Philippines paraded barefoot through the streets, whipping themselves until they bled before being voluntarily crucified in one northern province on Friday.
While the annual tradition is shocking to many, a small group of Filipino Roman Catholics see the traditional as an important display to atone for their sins and reenact the suffering of Jesus Christ. The annual tradition marking Good Friday in some villages on the outskirts of San Fernando has become a national spectacle in the country, where a majority of residents are Catholic.