A chained Catholic devotee, with cactus spines stuck to his legs, walks on a colorful sawdust carpet during the Holy week penitential procession in Atlixco, Mexico. A chained Catholic devotee, with cactus spines stuck to his legs, walks on a colorful sawdust carpet during the Holy week penitential procession in Atlixco, Mexico.
A hooded penitent, wearing chains and holding a crown of thorns, prepares to participate in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico. A hooded penitent, wearing chains and holding a crown of thorns, prepares to participate in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico.
A chained Catholic penitent, holding a wooden cross, prepares to participate in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico. A chained Catholic penitent, holding a wooden cross, prepares to participate in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico.
A hooded penitent, wearing chains and cactus spines stuck to his arm, walks on a colorful sawdust carpet during the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico. A hooded penitent, wearing chains and cactus spines stuck to his arm, walks on a colorful sawdust carpet during the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico.
A Catholic penitent, wearing heavy chains on his shoulder, prepares to walk in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico. A Catholic penitent, wearing heavy chains on his shoulder, prepares to walk in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico.
Catholic nuns, carrying procession lamps, walk in the Holy week penitential procession in Atlixco, Mexico. Catholic nuns, carrying procession lamps, walk in the Holy week penitential procession in Atlixco, Mexico.
A chained Catholic penitent, wearing crown of thorns and cactus spines stuck to his body, prepares to participate in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico. A chained Catholic penitent, wearing crown of thorns and cactus spines stuck to his body, prepares to participate in the Holy week procession in Atlixco, Mexico.

Holy week in Atlixco

Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico – March 2018

Every year on Good Friday, dozens of anonymous men of all ages voluntarily undergo pain and suffering during the religious procession of the ‘Engrillados’ (the Shackled ones) in Puebla state, central Mexico. Wearing heavy chains on their shoulders covered with prickling cacti while being burned by the hot midday sun, they recall Jesus Christ’s death by crucifixion and demonstrate their religiosity and faith.

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