PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES - MARCH 28:  Flagellants whip their backs with wooden flails during holy week on March 28, 2013 in Pampanga province, Philippines. Flagellation (Penitensya in Filipino) is an extreme act of mortification in which the penitent scourges himself by whipping his own flesh. Although the blody practice is condemned by the Catholic church and frowned upon in the modern age, hundreds of Filipino faithfuls still practice it to this day as a form of panata, or vow, and has become a part of Philippine culture and tradition.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)