flagellation

flagellation is a form of punishment of whipping and scourging the body.  jesus christ had to experience flagellation before his crucifixion and it was very common during medieval times to the middle ages. 

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in the philippines,  self-flagellation is still being practiced during lent despite the strong disapproval of the catholic church.  it involves the penitent, after slashing his back with a blade or a knife, scourges himself with a bamboo whip sometimes even with shards of broken glass at each end.

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every year during good friday, a province in the philippines becomes a tourist attraction because of flagellants in a parade.  such horrid self-inflicted pain is being seen as a kind of penance, but i think it is rather becoming a type of curious entertainment on ogling blood and gore.