Feast of the Transplantation of the Black Nazarene: A Deadly Feast


Today, Millions of Christian devotees celebrated the feast of the transplantation of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila that’s why we don’t have classes in school. Whoohoo! Has anyone heard about it?

It’s a yearly procession of the image. The statue has been placed on a golden red carriage and pulled through the streets of Quiapo by devotees dressed in maroon. People are all trying to climb to the statue because they believe that who have touched the Nazarene can be healed of their diseases but all they got was bruises. Poor people.. =(

Catholics even from provinces and far places of the country come for the chance that they will be able to get close enough to touch their image of miracle. They also throw towels or handkerchiefs to the people guarding the statue and ask them to rub them on the statue in hopes of carrying some of that power away with them.

People get injured and others die every year because of the heat, most are being stomped. It doesn't make any sense. I pity little children brought by their parents to those kinds of idiotic activities,, I pity oldies as well.

I wonder does their god want that. Why aren’t they thinking? All this activity brought is accidents. Our current vice president is always on the scene. Dunno if he just impressing people that he is a faithful devotee. Probably his way of thanking his god for giving him the position. =)

No wonder why my country is suffering like this.. Ohh how will end this blog? Probably eat some cake… =)

Ooopss.. just heard the news 227 got hurt.

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Comment by Jay E on January 9, 2009 at 1:52pm
If I'm not mistaken, there's this other procession somewhere in the Philippines where they do a full-blown re-enactment of the crucifixion every Easter, comes complete with crowning of thorns, whipping and hand nailing. They draw real blood (not like the phoney baloney re-enactments they do in the US. OSHA/liability laws my ass). I'm utterly intrigued and appalled at the same time. Thank you for the story.
Comment by River Otter on January 12, 2009 at 7:03am
This makes me think about the persicution of Christians in non-religious countries. These counties don't want the foolish, delusional, practices done there. Maybe they just want to keep it REAL. I can't really blame them after reading this post.

Religion is a POISON of the mind. Yuck.
Comment by Luna Agimat on January 12, 2009 at 1:43pm
Yep, and most of the people don't even know why they're doin' it.. "Faith without reason is not faith..."
Comment by Frink on January 27, 2009 at 1:16pm
Jay E, I've seen a television documentary on the procession/celebration you mentioned. They also mentioned some sort of Taoist pain festival (in which I got to see people chopping themselves with hatchets, among other things, to demonstrate their conquering of "pain"), and others.

Unfortunately, when faced with things like this, most religious people simply write it off as "Oh, they're not TRUE Christians" or "They are misinterpreting the bible," as if they were the arbiters of what is or is not correct interpretation.

"I don't do that, so my religion isn't crazy!"

FAIL.

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