Christians Nailed to Crosses in Gruesome Good Friday Re-Enactment of Jesus’s Death in the Philippines

Rob Cooper, Daily Mail (London), April 6, 2012

Christians were nailed to crosses in the Philippines today in a grim Good Friday reenactment of Jesus’s suffering.

Thousands of people watched as 17 devoted Catholics were ‘crucified’ in the gruesome annual ritual.

Church leaders have condemned the practice which they believe are a distortion of the true Easter message.

Nine men were crucified in Pampanga province’s San Pedro Cutud village today, while at least eight others were crucified in neighbouring villages.

The annual event—which dates back to the 1950s—drew an estimated crowd of 10,000 worshippers.

Many take part to atone for sins, pray for the sick or for a better life, or to give thanks for what they believe were miracles.

Ruben Enaje, a painter, 51, took part in the crucifixions for the 26th time today. He began taking part in the annual event to give thanks after he survived falling from a building.

‘This is not just for fun or for money. This is a calling,’ he told Filipino website Tempo.

He added that despite the crucifixions being condemned he still took part because the Church ‘stay at home during Good Friday instead of reaching out to penitents to explain their side’.

‘This is a spiritual vow as a way of thanking God for sparing my life.’

He had three-inch steel nails hammered into his palms during the ceremony.

The spectacle is a unique brand of Catholicism that merges church traditions with Philippine folk superstitions.

More than 80 per cent of the Philippines’ estimated 90 million population are Catholic.

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  • WmarkW

    Catholicism uses a lot of visual imagery. 
    New Orleans has Mardi Gras;  Brazil has Carnivale.

    That’s why Catholic countries have produced better visual arts, and Protestant ones better literature.

    •  Wrong. Maybe understandable due to richness of English-language literature, so that this myopic picture appears naturally.

      1. Shakespeare was, it seems, a recusant catholic (and not much of a believer). In relatively recent past, some of the best English language fiction was written by (nominal) Catholics- Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, F.S. Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford, Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCarthy,..

      2. French was the dominant literature in the Western world from 1500s on- Rabelais, Montaigne, Voltaire, Hugo, Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Rimbaud, Zola, Proust, ..
      Italians lagged after the Renaissance,

      3. Germans are mixed re religion, but most of their best modern (20th cent,) writers are Catholics ( Hoffmanstahl, Rilke, Musil, Grass, Broch (a converted Jew), ..). speaking of Germans- I frankly don’t see how anyone could compare readable & good novels by Hemingway and Fitzgerald with Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain” and “Doctor Faustus”. Americans are good, but Mann is great.

      4. and, don’t forget Eastern Orthodox (nominal many of them) giants like Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Herzen, Goncharov, Chekhov,..

      As I said: English language literature is so rich that readers almost naturally are not very well acquainted with the great prose and poetry in other languages, particularly French, German and Russian.

    •  I didn’t see mention of two strong Christian British authors, J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings, of course) and C.S. Lewis (tales of Narnia, etc). Tolkien was a devout Catholic all his life . Disclosure: I don’t accept the bible as the word of God and hence do not think Jesus was divine. But Christianity has deep roots of the religious spirit and art of our civilization. I am negative about the modern Christian hierarchy being such a powerful contributor to the replacement of our people through immigration.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    How absolutely insane!.
    Christ was nailed to the cross, on our behalf, 2000 years ago; Christians are not required to do the same, the crucifying has already been done.
    Besides, victims of crucifixion never had nails hammered through the palms of their hands; nails would easily rip through the tendons of the palm. The nails were hammered into the wrist just below the palm.
    South American ‘catholics’ also make human sacrifices to ‘Saint Death’. Voluntary ‘crucifixions’ and sacrifices to ‘death saints’ all seem to be part of the same distortion of Christianity which so typifies the roman catholic church.  

    • Boereseun

      It’s the same with the mix of African traditions and Christianity. Produces distorted and harmful ‘cults’ that have strange fixations.

    • “How absolutely insane!.
      Christ was nailed to the cross, on our
      behalf, 2000 years ago; Christians are not required to do the same, the
      crucifying has already been done”

      That’s a red herring.

      • loyalwhitebriton

        “That’s a red herring”

        In what way?

        • They are not doing it because they feel “required” or because they don’t think Jesus’ death on the Christ wasn’t fully propitionary.  They are doing it fort heir own spiritual edification and and as a devotion.  To meditate on the passion and help others meditate on it.  Also, it is obviously a challenge of machismo, akin to playing mumblety peg or G. Gordon Liddy’s deliberately holding his hand over a burning flame.

  • Laura White

    “It’s very hard to suffer if we’re the center of attention instead of them,” says the do-gooder DWL  Northern European woman in the formerly US-owned and controlled Philippines.  

    Thus resumes very nicely the curse of modern political correction and the competitive altruism that  fuels it:

    It is a hard-core perversion of the root tenants of Christianity.  

    Whites want to atone for their original sin of being superior in every way to every other sub-group of mankind.

    “How dare these Filipino monkeys take the spotlight off my own racialist Road To Damascus by pretending to suffer more than I did / (do) ?” 

    White people – especially white women like this woman – are responsible for the psychotic curse of universal egalitarianism and its attendant anti-white ethos that has descended down upon to Western Civilization in the last seventy years. 

    An Amy Biehl Award might be in order !  


    – Arturo 

  • Natassia

    Thanks for that.

  • Natassia

    This is bizarre. They mimic Christ’s sacrifice with bodily mutilation. Awful. It is one thing to give ones life for his faith (or his friends). It is something else to purposely mutilate your body in direct violation of God’s commands. Do these people not own a Bible?

    “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28

    “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    These people resemble the Baal worshippers’ behavior. “And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.” 1 Kings 18:28

  • WmarkW

     Asians are the counter-point to how socio-economic differentials are caused by racism.  Chinese suffered the same exclusion and barriers that blacks did at the same time, and created ghettos that were SUCCESSFUL and encouraged development of their positive culture.

    When the press makes arguments about mortgage loans being denied by white lenders who don’t understand the different cultures of credit, showing how Asians don’t get denied more than whites demonstrates what carp that is.

    Most of them assimilate into American life.  Not be a proud outsider to it.

  • WmarkW

     We’re obviously talking the broadest generalizations here.
    France created a lot of great literature, too.

    But once the Renaissance started in Italy, it was the Protestant countries that pulled ahead, partly because of their emphasis on reading the Bible, instead of having the faith interpreted for them. 

    • A lot of great so-called Protestant literature was made by Protestants but had no Protestant quotient, but rather residual Catholic quotient.  And even some “Protestant” literature was sharply anti-Protestant (like Melville, Hawthorne and Dickens).   It’s hard to call a scathing expose on Protestant mores, “Protestant literature”.  But thanks to the OP (WMarkW) for bringing this up.  I know what you mean.

      • We could call Protestant authors writers like John Updike, William Faulkner or D.H. Lawrence. It is something about Puritan heritage. Also, I wouldn’t call Dickens anti-Protestant: he was a Bible Christian, but opposed to anti-Catholic bigotry; Hawthorne is a more interesting case (as is Henry James) because they were through-and-through WASPs saturated with English Protestant spirit, but had a soft spot for Catholicism (Hawthorne’s daughter, I think, even converted).

        Be as it may- there is such category as Catholic novelist (Georges Bernanos, Mauriac, Graham Grene, Evelyn Waugh, Shushaku Endo, Walker Percy, Ron Hansen, ..). There are no Protestant novelists stricto sensu.

  • Ken

    I work for a large beaurocracy that’s ground zero for mass Philipino immigrant employment. They are one of the most corrupt cultures on earth, a tad more intelligent than Mestizos, utterly without scruples, and just as hard on the eyes….

  • Natassia

    And Jesus wasn’t really born on December 25. But I think it’s the motive behind the celebration that counts.

    • IstvanIN

      Thank you.  I had an Egyptian Coptic tell me that American’s celebrate fake Christmas but they celebrate real Christmas. Baloney.  The date isn’t as important as the reason.

  • I wish more atheists were like you.

  • As Westerners, we find this practice a little strange to say the least. 
    And the reason that this article is published on Amren, I believe, is
    to just remind us: “You wouldnt want live crucifictions or
    flame-roasting dogs going on over your back fence, and the ‘nice’
    Filipino next door is just one generation removed from that and still
    has it in his blood somewhere.”

  • ageofknowledge

    I also found the Flips to be amicable and good people to serve with in the military. The very few that didn’t act right had gained some authority. Their kids; however, often formed Pinoy gangs though they weren’t really comparable to the black and latino gangs except for a few of the more nastier ones.

    In my opinion, the real threat comes from the immigrant networks they establish. These only hire others like them (never hire whites), send money out of the country, are scientific in their approach to exploiting our social programs, for every advantage, etc…

  • Xanthippe2

    “In the grand scheme of things, I have no problem with the Filipinos.”

    I have no problem with Filipinos either — as long as they stay in the Phillipines.  Same goes for the other 1,589 ethnic groups we now have living here in large numbers.

    • Wayne Lo

      Including Irish, Germans, and Anglo-Celts —right?

      • The_Bobster

        The latter two founded this country and its traditions. “Lo’s” are here to take advantage of all we have built.

        • Anon12

          Who can blame them?  (sarcasm) Look at what they have “built.”

           When any 3rd worlder comes here they are ADMITTING that their own race and countries are failures. We were fools to ever think they should become citizens of this land. Any other race EXCEPT those of the White race, could ever assimilate to our race or culture. It is genetically Impossible and was never meant to be in the first place.

      • No

        No, those are all Europeans who are all Germanics if you go back far enough.  

        You do understand that before the Roman Empire and again after, Europe was swept with massive migrations of germanics who later developed separate identities as Iberians, Gauls, Celts, Saxons, etc,  . . . right? 

        It is the curse of the white man that when there is no one left to fight outside the tribe,  we fight with ourselves.

        What made World War One and two so despicable was that whites were killing whites on the behest of the “others.”

        This is what white nationalism worldwide, hopes to overcome, in my opinion.

        That’s why I laugh out loud when some liberal whines about how we allowed immigration in the 19th century but don’t want it in the 20th and 21st. 

        Duh.  Those were our kinsmen . . . our blood.  An Irishman and a German or a Pole and an Italian have sharp differences in the firt one or two generations but generally are indistinguishable from each other after they assimilate in the broader European-American pot.

        But the black, mestizo and asisan will always look and act differently.

        • Who are these non-whites that started World War I and II and how did they manage to pull that off?

      • Xanthippe2

        “Including Irish, Germans, and Anglo-Celts —right?”

        Wrong! Sorry, I meant 1,589 non-White ethnic groups.

        I think China is pretty much Chinese.  There are also dozens, if not hundreds, of countries in which ethnic Chinese are a significant ethnic group.  But still you want Whites to be displaced (and eventually eliminated) in both in the U.S. and Europe?  Maybe this elimination of Whites serves your ethnic interests (although it is hardly mandated by them) but how does it serve “social justice” or even “diversity”?

  • Xanthippe2

    “I am a pagan.”

    Well Happy Ostara or Happy Spring then!  (a bit belatedly).

  • JackKrak

    In my experience, Filipinos are like Hatians and Nigerians – nice enough people individually but put millions of them together and you get utter and total chaos.

  • Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ
    once for all.

  • IstvanIN

    Let these people fix there own countries instead of rding on our backs.

  • IstvanIN

    That is their custom and I have no problem with it as long as they stay in their own lands.  Quite frankly I don’t want civilized Filipinos taking over America, or any other group.  I want my country back.

  • The_Bobster

    Even the Japanese call Flips “monkeys”.

  • No

    Fine . . . if I want a bird painting, I’ll seek out a Japanese.  If  I want good lo mein, I’ll find a chinaman.  If I want my roses to look good, or need some fence repair, I’ll find a hard-working mestizo if no whites want the job.

    But if I want to cure cancer, build a colony on the moon, develop a new ballistic missile, build a giant subway system, build the longest bridge in the world or rebuild Detroit, I’ll go find a white man.

    That’s not to say that there aren’t brilliant scientists and engineers in other races and ethnicities.  But from what I can tell, they’re all using European technology.  They might even improve on it, but it’s European.  It also takes more than brilliance and organization . . . it takes management and leadership and there again, Europeans dominate.

    A great example I love to discuss is the vaunted “Japanese industrial might.”  Who made Japanese industry so competitive and effective?  An American . . . Charles Deming . . . who developed what we call today Total Quality Management.

    Finally, as far as vilifying minorities:

    The most dominant meme in our American culture has two parts:  The first is that whites are racist and should kow-tow to minorities and make up for past abuse.

    The second is that minorities are actually superior to whites.  Whites are portrayed as goofy, stupid, weak and pudgy in most television and media.

    By contrast, the asian is brilliant . . . the black is a strong, hardworking, family oriented,  dominant character (you know, that’s why all police chiefs, lawyers, doctors and generals are black).  The indian is the noble care-taker of the land who lived as one with nature and in harmony with fellow indians.  And of course, the jew is the under-dog defender of freedom in a sea of muslim tyranny . . . 

    So if that’s the dominant meme, what else can we do?

    We have to tear it down.  We have to vilify minorities and show them for the villians they are.  At the same time, we need to remind fellow whites of who we are.

    Please . . . go back and re-read the story of “The Emperor Has No Clothes.”

  • IstvanIN

    If the Mexicans hadn’t been converted to Christianity, they would still be ripping peoples hearts out with their bare hands and eating each other.

    Ahem, in fact they still do.

  • Most people commenting here are either Protestants (hardcore or softcore), wishy-washy Catholics or agnostics & atheists.
    These Phillies are just like our European ancestors 500 or 1000 yrs ago. This is a tough religion stuff- “De Imitatio Christi” from Thomas a Kempis, flagellants, crusaders,.. The French, Dutch, Germans …all were “specialists” in mortification of the flesh.

    What is much more interesting- these people don’t feel any pain, as a rule. That is to say that some sort of auto-hypnotic power (if you’re a skeptic) or Holy Ghost (if you’re a believer) is more potent that ordinary medicine would consider it possible.

    • anonymous_amren

      Ordinary medicine is well aware of psychological pain relief.

      One technique that has been quite successful is Virtual Reality. For example, burn victims wear an immersive Head Mounted Display with head-tracking and throw snowballs at penguins and snowmen while their bandages are being changed.

  • You’re not very acquainted with the history of Christianity, aren’t you ? Try read some of the more gruesome stuff on Europe in 700s or 1000s or 1500s.

    Christianity is, IMO, the best religion- spiritually rich, intellectually challenging, inheritor of classical culture, religion of universal love- and mad to the core, essentially wild & utterly extremist, with something sado-masochistic about it.
    That’s the way a religion should be, a combination of high-brow & low-brow. If you want a respectable & “rational” religion- then better drop it entirely.

  • Tell this to the State Department.

  •  The whole point is transcendence. Through “imitatio Christi” you first push you egoic, personal consciousness to the limits, pass through various stages of suffering that are supposed to crush your ego-centered life (at least temporarily) and at the end you are “resurrected” into a sort of eternal life (St. Paul’s “Christ liveth in me..2).

    Literature for raison d’etre:

    Thomas a Kempis: Imitation of Christ
    Ignatius Loyola: Spiritual Exercises
    Henry Suso: The Life of Blessed Henry Suso
    Francis of Assisi (numerous biographies)

  • John 15:13
    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down
    his life for his friends.

    Only one man has ever exceeded this standard.

  • jeffaral

    Utterly primitive.   Reminds me of Muslims flagelating themselves.

  • jeffaral

    One of the prefered pastimes of Mexicans is decapitation. 

  •  Some, on the other hand, bleed in excess:

  • anonymous_amren

    I thought that was a special effect. Surely they don’t actually nail actors’ hands.

  • anonymous_amren

    If they truly understood the Gospel, they would be atheists. That’s why the more intelligent races have much lower levels of Christianity.

  • anonymous_amren

    This sort of thing shows that Christianity deserves no credit for Western civilisation. It’s our race that makes us successful, not our religion.

  • Actually- this theme is of  not much interest to the AmRen. But, it reveals provincialism & ignorance of many posters. So, without writing an extensive essay:

    * the claim that these practices are “non-White” is absurd; the same that they are non-Christian

    *in fact, they are re-enactments of various psycho-spiritual exercises from humanity’s oldest religion-shamanism. You can find the best description in Mircea Eliade’s monumental work: “Shamanism or Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy”. Shamanism was/is present in all continents, and in Europe most prominently in Greek shamanism that infused the work of Empedocles & others (see E.R.Dodds: “Greeks and the Irrational”). In high culture, variants of it can be seen in Euripides’ “Bacchae”

    * Christianity is partly shamanistic in its origins, and this element has remained- apart from Gnostic Christianity- especially visible in the Catholic Church, where numerous (not all) mystics & Doctors of the Church show unimistakeably shamanistic traits.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

     This may be a good opportunity to point out that just as some Christians make the statues and rituals idols, protestants, with few exceptions have made the bible their idol.