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(Picture of) Picture of Crucifixion

When I said that people in the Philippines volunteered to undergo the Passion of Jesus Christ, all the way to the very edge of life, some of you didn't believe me. Anyways, here's a spread from National Geographic, March 1977, describing what I had seen back in the 80s...


Caption: "Reliving Christ's Passion, thousands of worshipers fill the streets of downtown Manila (above) during a Holy Week procession of the Black Nazarene -- a sacred relic depicting a dark-skinned Christ. Further expression of Philippine religious fervor -- a legacy of more than three centuries of Spanish rule -- occurs in nearby San Fernando, where a volunteer "Christ" is nailed to a cross in a reenactment of the Crucifixion."

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Taken on December 25, 2008