Thursday, April 20, 2006

Penitensiya



A few days ago was Mahal na Araw, the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. On this day, some Filipinos take part in what is called Penitensiya (I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly). During this event, some participants hit themselves in the back with wooden, metal, or glass whips. They also stop at occasional shrines to get pierced in the back. During the procession, they are also hit by other people carrying wooden sticks/bats. Some participants also drag heavy wooden crosses. This parade-like religious form of self-punishment goes on for several miles under the midday sun and involves actually being crucified on a cross for a few participants. I briefly took part in the ceremony by dragging wooden crosses. These crosses are quite heavy, and they left a big red mark on my shoulder that is still in the process of healing.


















8 comments:

tenchu said...

hello?! why would you carry a cross?! you barely have money to feed youself!!!

anyway, sure glad you're ok. :)

Anonymous said...

you look like lucky manzano, the son of vilma santos. but you're much hotter than him, imho

Anonymous said...

how heavy is that cross? yung mga gumagawa nun usually they have panata. parang devotion ganun.. kaya every year they do it.

Anonymous said...

Nice blog you got here. Good read. Having done some Pinoy traditions, do you feel more Pinoy now? Just asking..

=)

Anonymous said...

i saw you on the tv today. on nagmamahal kapamilya. im from hawaii, but my province in the pi is zambales(nagbunga/balaybay) too. its kind of near subic. my dad did that Penitensiya thing you took pics of. i was just wondering where was that at?

coolwaterworks said...

Got this link forwarded by an office mate.

Yes, you spelled penitensiya correctly. Sadly, even tough I am a Filipino Catholic, this is one Filipino culture which is sometimes rooted in ignorance. Tsk...tsk...tsk.... The Holy Week here is gorier than Halloween! Hehehe.

However, it is a good thing you've tried it yourself. :)

Refreshing read as always.

Anonymous said...

you're so brave....

Mallix said...

You're truly Amazing, I must say. I would've never thought of doing those things that you've done if I have not seen you do it.

Thanks for being the "Perfect Coconut" that fell on my head =)

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