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Weekend read: What’s it like to be crucified?



by sjhoward

This is the 2,040th post. It was published at 12:30 on Friday, 19th July 2013.

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Each Easter, devout Catholic men in the Philippines recreate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. After parading through a gruelling re-enactment of the stations of the cross, they have nails driven through their hands and feet, and are hoisted onto a cross for as long as they are able to remain conscious.

One man, Ruben Enaje, has done this twenty-five times. In this remarkable article by Kit Gillet for The Global Mail, he explains his motivation and describes – in graphic terms – exactly what is is like to be crucified. And yet, for me at least, the article raises deeper and more disturbing questions than it can even hope to answer.

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