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tugging at the rope

These male devotees wearing the traditional shirt color of the festivities usually with emblazoned image of the Black Nazarene as well as the name of the local chapter hold on to the thick rope that is carried by them. What a devotee must beware during this very risky procession is when the rope forms an 8, popularly called "ocho" (spanish for 8) that is very dangerous when one's head gets caught up in the loop and it will be a surefire death.

 

Quiapo, Manila, Philippines

 

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Taken on January 31, 2006