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Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Kapampangan Flagellants - Kristos

Nestor Lambino Sibug, Philip Joseph David Sarmiento, Cristina Canlas Samia, Paolo Tayag Lumanlan and Benita Malonzo Bonus

Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Volume 29, Issue 1, March 2021


Keywords: Kapampangan, Kristos, lived experiences, Pamagdarame, phenomenology

Published on: 26 March 2021

In the province of Pampanga, Philippines, Holy Week is one of the highlighted seasons of the year. Seemingly, during this time, there are a number of flagellants (called ‘Kristos’) who want to be crucified as a form of penitence and supplication. However, after a thorough search of published literature, the researchers found a dearth in the body of knowledge focusing on the experiences of these flagellants. Therefore, this interpretative phenomenological study sought to unearth and interpret the lived experiences of Kapampangan Kristos. Five (5) Kristos voluntarily participated in the individual face-to-face interview using semi-structured questions. Findings revealed that there are three (3) superordinate themes namely: prosaic family life, spiritual drift, and looking back-moving forward reflection. Recommendation for future research undertakings to consider in-depth psychological analysis on the lived experiences of Kristos.

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