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April 02, 2010
The bloody handprints of penitents called battenti, or beaters, are seen on a wall during a procession...
Verbicaro, Italy
The bloody handprints of penitents called battenti are seen on a wall during a procession through the...
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 2, 2010. 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)
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