In a Croatian fishing village called Sumartin on the Adriatic
And in the
Some carried heavy wooden crosses toward a makeshift
Still other Filipinos allowed themselves to be crucified with real three inch steel nails driven into their hands and feet while a crowd of the curious looked on.
Despite the condemnation of the Catholic hierarchy, the gruesome Filipino crucifixion reenactments have continued to take place. The Church says that they are “misrepresentations of faith,” and that, they may be.
As such, some have called for the traditions to be outlawed. Atheists have mocked them as an example of fanaticism rooted in pagan superstition, not Christian faith.
American journalists are quick to brand these practices as “fanatical,” yet they continue to proselytize against the idea of a superior western civilization; the new intellectualism argues that all cultures and their traditions are equal. They do not seem troubled by the contradiction.
Still others see the brutal Filipino reenactments as a reflection of the passionate character of the region’s large religious population – more than 80% practicing Catholic.
All of this raises another interesting question: How would a Filipino view the most visible expressions of Easter in
Would they comment on the erosion of faith in American life and the government’s role in that erosion?
Would they find
Although western intellectuals may naysay the severity of the expression, the power of the Christian story in this part of the world is undeniable. Even after two thousand years, the story of a lowly Jewish carpenter, his life, brutal death and resurrection continues to inspire this poverty-stricken corner of
“This is a vow I had made to God so that He will spare my family from sickness,” said one Filipino penitent. “It was a bit painful, but bearable.”
“I had made a vow to do this every year until I die,” said another.
“People here follow their own beliefs. We should not take that against them,” said Reynaldo Sulit, a government official in
Wise words on Easter. And every day.
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