Good Friday

Good Friday is the day of the year when Catholics try to show that they can be just as crazy and silly as members of most other religions. In the Philippines, some people beat themselves until they bleed, others re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Philippines flagellation Easter 1

Philippines flagellation Easter 2

Philippines flagellation Easter 3

Philippines flagellation Easter 4

Philippines crucifixion Easter 2

Philippines crucifixion Easter 1

No, this religion can’t be very good for one’s (mental) health.

(Hier geht es zur deutschsprachigen Fassung.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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16 Responses to Good Friday

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  2. Alessio Salzano says:

    Same things happen in Italy…look for “vattienti” (flagellants in southern Italian dialects!)

    • Oh oh. Here in Bari, I only saw a normal, non-violent procession with music and statutes being carried around. I live next to a church, so I can see them marching past from my window.

  3. djgarcia94 says:

    All my Benedictine professors love to make jokes about how some Jesuits, Dominicans, Opus Dei, and a few others still practice flagellation, most of the jokes insinuate it is done out of masochism.

  4. renxkyoko says:

    I came from the Philippines, am Catholic, and yes, I do find it disturbing.

  5. stef says:

    Well, at least they are hurting themselves on not torturing animals.On Kapparot some swing a live chicken one’s head three times.

  6. Marie says:

    I am catholic and this has nothing to do with religion this is a “show”. Catholicism do not tell people to go out on streets and make themselves bleed…. Or if you find it in the bible let me know what page because I’d like to know.

  7. Marie says:

    LOL! The catholic church has better things to do than wasting time regulating all the crazy “events” or people or fanatics as you put it across the universe…
    This is a show, an event, an exhibition call it as you want, but this has nothing to do with catholicism nor catholics nor faith nor god. this is a show, a tradition that might be cultural (therefore NOT universal) and has nothing to do with being religious as being religious is way more complex and requires a lot of thinking (reflexion) than simply getting out half-naked and beating yourself up until you bleed on april….
    Let’s get serious….(by the way, FYI, it’s not because you see someone wearing a crucifix that it is a Christian… )

    • Anyone who claims to be a member of a certain religion is a member of that religion. That’s the beauty of religion. There is no entrance exam. No membership register. And most definitely, it’s not up to YOU to decide who is a member or not.

      I am sure when the Catholic Church in the Philippines needs to collect taxes again, they won’t spare these crazies who nail themselves to the cross.

      • Marie says:

        It’s not because you make some insulting statements that you’re right.
        I am a catholic and I won’t feel bad because you express your opinion on a blog.

        What happens in Philippines in France or even in Germany are not to be taken as a general rule.

        The Vatican May or May not collect money from those guys but once again a religion is a philosophy not a way of life.

        I understand that you want to express your hatred of the institution but if you want to assert a serious opinion you can’t express it like an adolescent, out of spite using images or internet links… You have to THINK and don’t take what you see as the incontestable and universal truth!

        Come on! It’s not because you insult people that you’re cool or subversive or clever.

        It’s like comparing young soldiers of 1914 to Erasmus students.. This is way out of proportions…no common ground, seriously. It’s a lack of respect to some of the soldiers who were involved unwillingly and to those who lost their life.

        Come on!!! You can’t be serious…

      • In no way do I wish to “express [my] hatred of the institution”, because I don’t feel any hatred.

        As the article clearly states, I find religion and religious practices silly. That’s all I wish to express. Hatred is a far shot from such an assessment.

  8. Marie says:

    FYI (again) it’s not because you claim you’re a member of a religion that you are considered as a member. You have to go through “examination” and “rituals” to be officially considered as a member. (several years are required)
    For the same reasons you mentioned it is not YOU who decides if my religion is good or not.
    I am catholic and It does not make me a fanatic or a bad person and there’s no need to insult or to react haughtily to it and make fun of people who have faith.
    Those people do not represent the whole Catholics and that’s a fact whether you like it or not.

    • I don’t think all these babies who get baptized against their will have gone “through “examination” and “rituals””. And the Catholic Church will accept anyone as a member, even more so in countries where they get tax revenues based on official membership. They are also happy to accept dictators, murderers and keep all the child molesters in their ranks.

  9. Marie says:

    Like non religious Andreas!!!
    Yes, but please don’t avoid to mention that Catholics also saved thousands of jewish children during ww2, and also allowed slaves to read (since they were forbidden to read any other book) and also feed children and helped people in need…. Church is not a perfect place dear, since it is led by humans. (what a surprise huh?)

    I am catholic and I am not a child molester, I don’t make myself bleed on street and I don’t beat gay people.
    Religious are Men! Here again you criticize MEN not religion.
    it’s not because you have a certificate that you know your religion or want to be a member! You can have a certificate and be an atheist. You know why? Because religion is a philosophy it has no power on you!!! it takes years to understand religion even if you got baptised as a baby!!!
    it means nothing, this is a ritual… I can’t believe you can’t understand that… this is the basis.

    Your vision is so biased and monochrome it’s hard to believe !
    We are not the same Andreas, we are all different. I am Catholic and I keep it to myself.

    Why is it so tough for you to understand that “Those bleeding guys, child molesters and other creepy people DO NOT represent all the Catholics and therefore do not justify to insult EVERY Catholic or any other people who have faith?

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