Easter Follies

Easter has just passed which traditionally been a time for remembering, for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the foundational truth of Christianity. I have been getting to know more about the Philippines and a recent newspaper article published by the Associated Press has given information on, the context indicates, Roman Catholics who have themselves nailed to crosses. Obviously they are not nailed to these crosses as Christ was but still it is quite strange. Others beat and bloodied their own backs according to the story. The article reported that: “The Lenten rituals are frowned upon by church leaders in the Philippines, Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation, especially if the religious spectacle is used to boost tourism. The event, however, has persisted and has become an awaited tourist attraction in San Pedro Cutud village, about 70 kilometers north of Manila.” The article also declared, “The gory spectacle reflects the Philippines unique brand of Catholicism, which merges church traditions with folk superstitions.” http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/03/25/filipino-devotee-volunteers-to-be-nailed-to-cross-for-good-friday-ritual . I suggest this Catholic merging with superstition is not just a Filipino phenomenon however.

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