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24 Filipinos crucified on wooden crosses

Nails are hammered into the palms of devotees and they are hoisted into the air on crosses, watched by tourists.

Image: Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images

Four-inch, stainless steel nails have been hammered into the hands of Filipinos who have chosen to be nailed to wooden crosses to re-enact Jesus Christ’s Good Friday suffering.

24 men in total have been crucified in the Philippines today, in a ceremony which is frowned upon by the Catholic Church in the country, but which has become something of a tourist attraction.

50-year-old Ruben Enaje reportedly screamed in pain as villagers dressed as Roman centurions hammered the nails through his palms and hoisted the cross for a few minutes in the village of Cutud in northern Philippines. Enaje has been crucified 25 times. He says he does it to thank God for saving his life when he fell from a three-storey building in 1985. He also says he prays for more work.

The Catholic Church has criticised the organisers of the ceremonies for commercialising Good Friday. The Philippines is a staunchly Catholic country, although it boasts a unique brand of the religion, mixing Catholic traditions with folk superstitions.

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    Hooded penitants flagellate themselves in front of a Catholic chapel in the PhilippinesSource: Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images
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    Ruben Enaje endures his 25th crucifixionSource: BULLIT MARQUEZ/AP/Press Association Images
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    Filipino devotee Domingo Cunanan looks at the nail that will be driven through his palmSource: Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images
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    A crowd watches as an unidentified devotee takes part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday at Cutud villageSource: Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images
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    Tourists snap photos as devotees are nailed to the crossSource: Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images

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