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Filipino Catholics Nail Themselves To Crosses On Good Friday

Honoring the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Looks pretty painful.

Posted on March 29, 2013, at 9:42 a.m. ET

This is how Good Friday is marked in some northern Philippines villages.

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Aaron Favila / AP

Every year, a group of Filipino devotees whip and nail themselves to crosses, in remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ.

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This is Ruben Enaje. He has portrayed Jesus Christ 27 times.

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Aaron Favila / AP

The ceremony takes place in a few different Filipino Roman Catholic villages, despite being reportedly rejected by church leaders.

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