Friday, April 14, 2006
Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me, Literally
Since 1946 the Crucifixion has been re-enacted in the Philippines on Good Friday. Men build and carry their own crosses through the streets after scourging themselves. Some pictures can be seen here and here.
Though officially discouraged I imagine it is very moving to witness as well as to undergo.
This year a documentary was being filmed about a tv producer's decision to undergo the crucifixion. This would have made him the second Westerner to do so but he changed his mind after carrying the cross he had made. The whole article is here.
When does zeal become excess and how does culture play into the end result?