Filipinos flagellate, crucify themselves in Holy Week ritual
1:02 AM EDT, Fri March 25, 2016
Each year, a small number of worshipers in the fervently Catholic Philippines mark Good Friday by being nailed to crosses and whipping their backs bloody, in extreme acts of devotion that attract thousands of spectators.
Not for the weak of heart: Penitent Ruben Enage wails in pain as he is nailed to a cross by devotees wearing costumes of Roman centurions in the village of Cutud, Philippines on April 3, 2015.
The dominant Roman Catholic church does not condone flagellation or crucifixion, but some devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins.
In addition, believers say flagellation, or pamagparaya, is a way to bring themselves closer to God.
Penitents walk towards crosses as they whip themselves on April 3, 2015.
A penitent is nailed to a cross on April 3, 2015.
A man whips penitents during celebrations on April 2, 2015.