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Official: Crucifixion is Unhealthy Answered

Health officials in the Philippines have issued a warning to people taking part in Easter crucifixion rituals.

They have urged them to get tetanus vaccinations before they flagellate themselves and are nailed to crosses, and to practise good hygiene.

On Good Friday dozens of very devout Catholics in the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

It is something that has become a huge tourist attraction, although the Church frowns on the practice.

The health department has strongly advised penitents to check the condition of the whips they plan to use to lash their backs, the Manila Times newspaper reports.

They want people to have what they call "well-maintained" whips.

In the hot and dusty atmosphere, officials warn, using unhygienic whips to make deep cuts in the body could lead to tetanus and other infections.

And they advise that the nails used to fix people to crosses must be properly disinfected first. Often people soak the nails in alcohol throughout the year.

Every Good Friday, in towns across the Philippines, people atone for sins or give thanks for an answered prayer by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

I'm sorry? But when did anybody think that being nailed to a lump of timber, hung out in the sun and flagellated was a safe pastime?

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Philippine Department of Health

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Goodhart (author)2008-03-23

Official: Crucifixion is Unhealthy

That ranks up there with our government's official study that showed people are "annoyed by stinging / biting insects when out camping", eh ?

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darcy_z (author)Goodhart2008-03-25
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Goodhart (author)darcy_z2008-03-25

both hurt, the second one hurts because I had to work for four months to pay for that study *sigh*

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Tool Using Animal (author)2008-03-23

Driving home Friday i saw a man walking down the street dragging a cross, robes, long hair, etc. I admire when people are devoted to their beliefs (just stay outta my face), but I bet the cross used in the crucifixion wasn't made from two by fours. (quote)I'm sorry? But when did anybody think that being nailed to a lump of timber, hung out in the sun and flagellated was a safe pastime?(/quote) It's two lumps of timber ;-)

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It's two lumps of timber ;-)

That is only if you "believe" it was a cross. The Greek text indicates a "pole" or young "tree" (stripped of it's branches of course). They crucified people on poles as well as on crosses. There is no text in the Greek testament of the Bible to indicate that it had to be a cross however to my knowledge (not counting the English mistranslation).

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