Man beats himself on the head with wood studded with spikes as part of a religious ritual

This man beats himself over the head with a piece of wood studded with spikes as blood pours down his face and body

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The man beats himself over the head with a piece of wood studded with spikes as 'blood' pours down his face and body.

The frenzied man, dressed in only shorts and an apron, dances in a residential street in front of keen onlookers.

The crowd chants their approval before a second man arrives to continue the religious ritual.

It is not clear where the incident took place, but some social media users verified that it happened in China.

Self-flagellation, the practice of mortification of the flesh, has been used by some Christians throughout history, especially in Catholic monasteries and convents.

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