An image of children play-acting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at an unidentified school in Brazil for Holy Week complete with fake wounds and a crown of thorns has spread across the Internet.
Wearing a loin cloth and a fake painted beard, the boy who acts as Jesus holds his two arms above his neck, to signify the last agonizing hours of Christ on the cross.
Flecked across his body are red marks from his flogging at the hands of the Romans – played by two boys with mock-feathered galea helmets, who will presumably offer him fake vinegar and pretend to stab his side to ensure he has died at the culmination of the play.
In the front of the picture are two young girls playing the role of Jesus’ mother, Mary and follower Mary Magdalene, who according to the Bible tearfully witnessed his death on Calvary.
The picture has been shared and liked some 230,000 times on Facebook and the reactions to the picture appear to vary from country to country.
Commenters writing in English and Portuguese appear to dislike the imagery on show in the photograph , with many seemingly mocking children acting out a religious scene.
One has posted the message, ‘There seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere’ in response to the image.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail