Filipinos observe the end of Lent with gruesome rituals

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Thousands of Filipinos commemorated the end of lent during the days leading up to Easter with gory religious sacraments that included whipping their backs, carrying wooden crosses, and nailing themselves to crosses.

According to Reuters, these practices are widely discouraged by Catholic leaders but many Catholic Filipinos are devoted to the tradition which is believed to get rid of sins and cure illness.

In nearby village's followers of the religion watched as devotees wearing thrones made of twigs were nailed to crosses by men dressed as "Roman centurions" in reenactments of Jesus Christ's suffering, Seattlepi reported.

Catholicism is the dominant religion in the Philippines, practiced by over 80 percent of Filipinos, Reuters reports.

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