[This is crazy! In the Philippines the non-whites elect to have themselves nailed physically to crosses as part of proving their devotion to Christianity. Here are actual photos of them tying these people to crosses.
But what is interesting for me, is the physics of putting live people on crosses. Notice how they have to tie their arms at multiple places to the cross. Even more importantly, notice how they have to stand on a small pedestal – on a wedge of wood.
When live actors re-enact the crucifixion they also have to use the same methods. This is the only way to hold a human body up.
Now, check out how these non-white Christians have actual nails driven through their hands and feet and they scream out in pain! There is even a photo of a man lying down who has been flayed brutally. This is crazy stuff!! Jan]
Christians in Philippines nail themselves to crosses and furiously whip themselves as act of penitence in Good Friday ritual
- Cultures and peoples around the world are celebrating festivals of rebirth and renewal on Easter weekend
- In the Philippines, men are whipped with metal chains and nailed to crosses to remember Christ’s suffering
- In Jerusalem, people also carry wooden crosses through the streets to remember the miracle resurrection
Whether you’re getting away for foreign shores or staying at home for a lamb roast with the family, Easter celebrations in Britain follow a familiar pattern.
But around the world Christians mark the festival of rebirth in hundreds of different ways, as these images show.
For example, Christians in the Philippines whip themselves bloody with metal chains and are nailed to crosses to experience the suffering of Jesus as an act of holy penitence.
In Jerusalem, people also carry wooden crosses through the streets to honour Christ’s sacrifice and remember the miracle of resurrection that followed.
Here, Mail Online has collected pictures showing how different cultures mark Easter around the globe.
Suffering: These celebrations are one of the most extreme and striking examples of how people from around the world mark Easter, and is considered an honour
Spectacle: While the participants suffer in the grim-faced ritual, the same cannot be said of the dozens of people who gather around to take photographs of them
Photo op: Similar events are held around the Philippines, drawing crowds in the hundreds, all of whom want to capture the perfect picture for their photo albums
Taking it seriously: In another extreme example of worship, a man in the Philippines is flayed bloody with metal whips
Precy Valencia is nailed to a cross in the Philippine capital of Manila as a sign of her faith and to seek forgiveness for her sins
Not faking: Nails are driven through a man’s feet in the Philippines as part of that country’s traditional celebration of Easter
For our sins: The practice of self-injury is linked to the Lent, a period of fasting for millions of Catholics around the world
In defiance: Local Catholic leaders have spoken out to condemn the practice in the past, while health officials also disapprove, but the devout worshippers have refused to give it up