Posts Tagged Prinsesa Musang
I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into your guest post Prinsesa. It was a very informative post and like all the other guests who have posted here, I am proud to have it on my blog. I love learning new things and it was great to learn about the culture and traditions of the people of the Philippines.
Next month the guest will be Daniel Dockery from Daniel Is Funny. If you would ever decide you would like to guest post, let me know and I will reserve a month for you.
Thank you very much Prinsesa. You will never know how appreciative I am of your talent being expressed her on Morning Erection.
Join me in welcoming this month’s guest blogger, Prinsesa Musang from Prinsesa’s Anatomy. Recently a group of terrific bloggers completed a 30 day blogging journey together and Prinsesa is one of the bloggers. We spent the month learning new things about one another and about ourselves.
Now Prinsesa is giving us a glimpse into life in the Philippines.
Normally religion is not an acceptable topic for a guest post but this is not about religion, it is about how a particular religious celebration is carried out in a certain country. As I always ask of you, please leave a comment for Prinsesa to reply to. Thank you.
A Glimpse On The Holy Week Celebrations In The Philippines
I’d like to begin this guest post by saying how silly I felt trying to come up with a topic to write about. It was like there were a thousand things I wanted to talk about and nothing at the same time. :lol: I mean, pooping in your own blog is one thing, but pooping in another’s, is a whole different story, I found out.
So with that out of the way, I decided to go with the Holy Week celebrations in the Philippines. I know it is kind of gross but it is really curious. My sisters hate the Holy Week celebrations because they are scared of the practices around town. For sure there are different ways different countries celebrate Easter but here it is quite interesting. There are those who normally take vacations and troop to the beach and visit relatives around this time but others do more interesting things.
How interesting? See for yourself:
Is that blood? Yes, yes it is. Are they flagellating themselves until their backs tire of bleeding? Yes, yes, they are. What they use is a set of wooden sticks to hit their backs. A blade is used to cut lengthwise wounds. I have a photo of the actual cutting but I decided not to post it because it may be uncomfortable to some. It depends on the person how many cuts he wants to get: five, seventeen, twenty. Mind you, these are boys my age in the photo. The photo is actually showing my friends doing it. They have been doing this for years. I got the photo from one of them on Facebook.
Does this mean all the people in this country are crazy? Not exactly. This is a choice these boys make and many men do actually, always on Good Friday. All the men I know from the place where I live have done it, young and old: Don Domeng, my uncles, my cousins, my friends. My Man has not participated though. He is not from where I live. The church does not encourage this practice. I think this is more of a cultural thing than a spiritual one. I don’t know though because they are the ones doing it and for certain they have a good reason to do so thinking what it takes!
My friends said they are doing this because of a panata. It means they are trying to do this in exchange of something they are asking for from the heavens. For example, one might decide to do this in firm belief that in exchange, the heavens will keep all his family members healthy. This is how the story goes for many. Naturally, I am not here to judge them but I am not sure how much bargaining works when heaven is the other party. I admire their faith though.
In other parts of the country, there are those who literally volunteer to be crucified. The best part is, I’m not even joking! The most well known place to do this is just outside my province. I have never watched it though. I’m not sure how I feel about it but I’m certain it will be creepy. It takes role playing to a different level, don’t you agree?
This is just one facet of the Holy Week here in the Philippines. There are a whole assortment of other things happening like the pasyon or public reading of the passion of Christ, people walking around town carrying crosses, and women in black walking around in the heat of day barefoot. This is largely a Catholic country but for sure there are many places who are also Catholic but they do not do anything close to what is being practiced here. Oh well, only in the Philippines, I guess!
Before thanking Cherlyn for her guest post I want to wish everyone who celebrates Easter, a wonderful day remembering the day Christ rose from the tomb conquering eternal death.
I find it somewhat sobering that this post should publish during the month of honesty. I don’t know where you found the strength deep down to pull together these words and share them with the masses but I thank you once again for guesting for me in any capacity. You are a lovely woman and I know first hand how blessed I am to know you.
I think I have told you this before but if not; if there was one gift I could give you it would be the ability to see yourself the way others see you.
You are just a wonderful person and I am proud to call you friend. Please realize you cannot let others dictate to you how you feel about yourself. I know you are not religious but this is what God says about you: From Psalm 139:14 it states that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”.
You are unique. There is none like you and you should celebrate in your oneness. There will never be another Cherlyn. You are special. You are special to me. I love you my friend and I want you to love yourself.
Thank you once again for blogging in my stead. From your poems, your help with memes, challenges and your friendship, Morning Erection would not be the same without you. Could there possibly be a third time for guest posting in our future? Thank you again. In May my guest will be another blogger and friend, Prinsesa Musang. Please come back for her guest post on May 5th.