Archive ID: F00702

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1953   Each year at Easter time, at a location to the north of Manila, flagelantes attempt to atone for their sins (or repay God for an unusual stroke of luck), by whipping themselves bloody in a public display of devotion. Hundred of onlookers gather to watch the awful event. Some "penitents" are even crucified. The pageant was begun in the 16th century when Spain occupied the Philippines with its cruel form of Roman Catholicism, and the "pageant" continues into the 21st century. The photographs in this collection were taken from 1948 onward, by a variety of FEBC missionary photographers who could hardly believe their eyes, and who were eager to share the images with supporters back home as a demonstration of why the message of God's love needed to come to Asia.