In the north Spanish town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Easter religious rituals keep alive a flagellation ceremony which dates back over 800 years.
SV TILT DOWN church and figure of Christ being scourged carrying in procession (2 shots)
GV ZOOM into SV PAN ZOOM back to GV two black hooded penitents follow black virgin carried in procession, one penitent wears shackles on feet
GV crowds following Virgin onto hillside.
SCU penitent dressed in white flogging himself, ZOOM into CU bleeding back with crowds watching.
SV travel shot. Crowds
SV & CU blisters on penitents back broken by man with glass spike, crowds watch (3 shots)
SV penitent robed, walks bare foot
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Background: In the north Spanish town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Easter religious rituals keep alive a flagellation ceremony which dates back over 800 years. A procession, carrying figures of the Virgin Mary and of Christ being scourged, is followed by hooded penitents or "Oecaos". During the hundred yards that they walk in procession, the penitents give themselves 100 lashes with "latigos" -- heavy knotted scourges.