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Due to the confusion of why people choose to self-harm, as shown in a part of “The DaVinci Code,” I chose to create a panel based on the reasoning and backstory of flagellation in Catholicism that still occurs today. Flagellation is the act of flogging or beating oneself as a religious discipline and dates back to the era of God and his disciples. Flagellation used to be a normal part of religious society practiced daily by devoted disciples, friars, priests, and additional followers. Being looked down upon once society progressed and created more rules and standards against violence in the community, flagellation became a practice by an individual in secret. People who flagellated themselves believed that in whipping their own bodies, they were whipping out the evil spirits that had ever tempted them or rid them of the actions that they believed were disapproved by God. Whippings were also performed as a ceremony as rites of initiation into the Catholic society, as purification for those whole needed retribution, and proved their devotion to God by demonstrating they were willing to suffer just as Jesus did. While many Catholics performed flagellation, it became a process that people deemed unnecessary in order to prove their devotion to God. By focusing on flagellation, people can understand the extremities of religious belief and can acknowledge that even though flagellation is not practiced to the extent that it was during the disciple era, it still is a morbid practice performed for beautiful and holy reasons.
The video I chose came from Huffington Post, a well-known online news source and has access everywhere around the world. This video portrays how flagellation is still practiced in today’s society of the 21st century and seen as a norm in the Catholic Church. A week before Easter, Catholic residents of Mabalacat, Philippines parade through…...

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