Philippines Crucifixion Reenactment


Mary Jane Sazon, the only woman to join in the crucifixion in the village this year, remains calm while
she is nailed on a wooden cross as part of Good Friday rituals in the village of San Pedro Cutud,
Pampanga province, northern Philippines, Friday, April 19, 2019. Sazon has joined the crucifixion ritual
for more than a dozen times, according to tourism officials. She says this year’s devotion is dedicated
to her sickly mother. Over a thousand Filipino Roman Catholic devotees and tourists flocked to a farming
village north of Manila on Friday to witness the crucifixion of several devotees in a costumed
reenactment of Jesus Christ’s sufferings, a gory annual tradition church leaders frown upon.

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