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18 Apr. 2014
The bloody handprints of penitents called battenti,... more
ITALY/
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18 Apr. 2014
Verbicaro, Italy
The bloody handprints of penitents called battenti, or beaters, are seen on a wall during a procession through the streets in the town of Verbicaro, southern Italy April 18, 2014. The bleeding penitents walk in groups of three through the streets and stop in front of all the churches and chapels in the town. The tradition began in the thirteenth century and serves as penitence for Christ's death.
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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