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El Salvador: ‘Demons’ take to Texistepeque’s streets to whip away people’s sins02:14

El Salvador: ‘Demons’ take to Texistepeque’s streets to whip away people’s sins

El Salvador, Texistepeque
March 22, 2016 at 01:58 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tourists and local residents gathered in Texistepeque, on Monday, to celebrate the Talciguines festival, where participants dressed as 'demons' strike unlucky passers-by with leather whips to in order to 'banish their sins.'

Talciguines is a theatrical tradition that is meant to represent the battle between 'good and evil.' 45 men dress up in red robes, meant to represent 'the devil' or 'demons.' Following a church service the participants go out into the streets, where they proceed to whip people. According to participant Juan Antonio Perez "each whip removes one sin."

Following the whipping, another man, dressed as Jesus Christ, performs with 'the demons,' walking over their prostrate bodies to represent the cleansing of their sins.

The festival is a part of a holy Easter week in El Salvador and attracts thousands of people all over the world.

El Salvador: ‘Demons’ take to Texistepeque’s streets to whip away people’s sins02:14
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Tourists and local residents gathered in Texistepeque, on Monday, to celebrate the Talciguines festival, where participants dressed as 'demons' strike unlucky passers-by with leather whips to in order to 'banish their sins.'

Talciguines is a theatrical tradition that is meant to represent the battle between 'good and evil.' 45 men dress up in red robes, meant to represent 'the devil' or 'demons.' Following a church service the participants go out into the streets, where they proceed to whip people. According to participant Juan Antonio Perez "each whip removes one sin."

Following the whipping, another man, dressed as Jesus Christ, performs with 'the demons,' walking over their prostrate bodies to represent the cleansing of their sins.

The festival is a part of a holy Easter week in El Salvador and attracts thousands of people all over the world.

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