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57 Responses to We`re Not Sure What Religion This Is… [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    March 29, 2010 at 9:41 am
    Link: We`re Not Sure What Religion This Is... - But we love their religious ceremonies.
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    Bridge Female 13-17
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    March 29, 2010 at 10:36 am
    Must be cold.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 10:45 am
    sexy.................kind of.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 10:47 am
    Hey fancy! I think its pretty obvious what religion these people follow, LOOK at the picture before you post it!
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    pui Female 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 10:52 am
    Old school wet t-shirt contest?
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    Link364 Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:16 am
    They look German and I see a cross with Jesus on it so....
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am
    I baptize you in the name of the ........
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:33 am
    no, no fundraising for the new church wing....Wet Dirndl Contest!!!
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    vilem Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:34 am
    She`s a witch, and their dealing with her appropriately.
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    mrbenn Male 30-39
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:36 am
    not sure if it`s religious or not, but there`s a day in Slovakia, possibly other countries too, where boys throw water at girls, for some reason. Probably mating rights or territory. This is not the same as Songkran in Thailand, where everyone chucks water at everyone else. But yeah, Slovakia...
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    izzy_meow Female 13-17
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:36 am
    those people are actually croatioan. I recodnise the outfits. I Used to be with a Slovac dance group, their clothes are croatian
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    myho Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:46 am
    Hey, it is not a religion, it is Easter tradition here in central Europe. We do that for girls to be healthy in the following year.
    That is my most favorite thing about Easter
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:50 am
    Why you assume is some kind of religious ritual? looks more like a dancing to me
  14. Profile photo of AnarchistGod
    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:59 am
    People in Poland do something similar the day after Easter Sunday.
    I do use to do it in school.
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    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    It`s called Smigus-Dyngus. It`s part of my family tradition.
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    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    Hey, it is not a religion, it is Easter tradition here in central Europe.

    Easter itself is an annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year.
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    pui Female 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    The Easter bunny though isn`t really "christian", either. I`d call it a secular celebration related to a religious holiday. I wouldn`t consider people who celebrate Easter by decorating eggs or Christmas by giving gifts from "Santa Claus" Christian, unless they also celebrate in other ways. It`s possible for it to be a tradition that just happens to be related to Easter. That doesn`t really make it religious.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Maybe she stinks and there washing her!
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    sourkrauter Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    girl`s not wearing a thin white Tshirt, *fail*
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    love learning about other`s customs and traditions..
  21. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    myho: Hey, it is not a religion, it is Easter tradition here in central Europe. We do that for girls to be healthy in the following year.


    AnarchistGod: Easter itself is an annual religious feast in the Christian liturgical year.

    Only after Christianity usurped and corrupted the religious festival of Easter, which is far older than Christianity. Easter is a deity who was worshipped in much of Europe. She`s most commonly associated with fertility. That`s why her main festival is in spring. It`s also why the symbols of the Easter festival are eggs and rabbits, both strong fertility symbols. Various spring rituals existed, for various deities, to promote fertility in people, animals and crops.

    We do that for girls to be healthy in the following year.

    Health and fertility are of course connected. I bet there was more emphasis on fertility in this ritual in the past.
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    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Maybe she stinks and there washing her!

    Or maybe vilem`s statement is true.
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    fknloser Male 30-39
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm
    um... the crucifix in plain sight means they are christian, most likely catholic, but possibly some european orthodox christian. The outfits are more ethnic than religious.... pretty stupid description/question for the picture... get an education before you open your mouth next time
  24. Profile photo of AnarchistGod
    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    @Angilion

    Yeah I always wondered what easter had to do with bunnies and eggs. I`m no expert on the subject.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    A brief look at the Slovakian custom mentioned leads me to see a possible connection with the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. That took place in February, but in the original Roman calendar February was later than it is now, i.e. in spring.

    AnarchistGod pointed out the name Smigus-Dyngus. They are both gods, older than Christianity. Drenching with water is for Dyngus and a symbolic whipping (not a real one, it`s not meant to harm) is for Smigus.

    The Romans used blood in Lupercalia, a religious festival so old that even the ancient Romans had forgotten its origins, but the symbolic whipping was there as well.

    In both cases, there was an element of courtship or at least sexual attraction.

    So yes, this is a religious custom. Not a Christian one, although unsurprisingly Christianity usurped and corrupted it later.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    Yeah I always wondered what easter had to do with bunnies and eggs. I`m no expert on the subject.

    Neither am I, but it`s fairly common knowledge.

    If you want to look into it more, you`ll probably get the best results searching for Oestre. Same pronunciation, but it makes the connection with eggs more strongly and is more commonly used today. It would originally have been spoken rather than written, so the spelling isn`t fixed.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm
    pretty stupid description/question for the picture... get an education before you open your mouth next time

    Take your own advice. They are probably Christian, but the ritual they`re involved in comes from an older religion. Which you`d know if you were better educated.

    If you`re going to flame someone, be very sure of your own ground. Otherwise, you look silly.
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    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm
    Neither am I, but it`s fairly common knowledge.

    Actually, no it`s not. At least not here in America where most of us are Christians that know poo about pre-Christian traditions.
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    osmandias Male 40-49
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    March 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    @Angilion: "Only after Christianity usurped and corrupted the religious festival of Easter, which is far older than Christianity. Easter is a deity who was worshipped in much of Europe. She`s most commonly associated with fertility. That`s why her main festival is in spring. It`s also why the symbols of the Easter festival are eggs and rabbits, both strong fertility symbols. Various spring rituals existed, for various deities, to promote fertility in people, animals and crops."

    Easter is a genuine christian holy day, in fakt the one that defines christianity. And the exact date of easter is knowen from the bible.
    So easter wasn`t created to "usurp" a pagan feast, like christmas.
    But some pagan traditions survived christianisation, so we still have bunnies, eggs, bonfires and what is depicted here.
    The godess eostre/ostara may possibly not have existed as you can read
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    Gortrok Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm
    "In both cases, there was an element of courtship or at least sexual attraction."

    Yeah, it looks more like a wedding tradition than anything else.
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    AnarchistGod Male 70 & Over
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    March 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm
    sigh...another religious debate :-(
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    osmandias Male 40-49
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    March 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm
    damn, who cut the link?
    try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eostre
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    Maestar Female 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    Im Slovakian and I know my grandpa always chases me around the yard with a bucket full of water during easter...its very annoying and im pretty sure the neighbours think hes crazy
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    Raberboom Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm
    these religious debates are quite tiresome, dont you have something better to do then argue on the internet?

    No? oh ok then.
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    Skreshavik Female 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm
    Welcome to the intranetz, Raberboom.
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    Crawdaddy197 Male 30-39
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    March 29, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    "these religious debates are quite tiresome, dont you have something better to do then argue on the internet? "

    If we did, we wouldn`t be on IAB.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm
    vvv What Pui says! Just like celebrating St.Patric`s Day doesn`t (permanently) make you Irish!
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    coolbananas Female 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm
    oh my... o.o
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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm
    It looks more like a traditional village custom...
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    March 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm
    WET... formal costume?... CONTEST!! GO!!!
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    SammyCyanide Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 12:34 am
    I don`t think it`s a religion.
    Looks like a fetish to me.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2010 at 12:36 am
    osmandias:

    Do you have a better explanation for the name of the festival, the time of the festival (i.e. spring, like so many pagan festivals) and all the fertility-related customs surrounding it, none of which are Christian? Looks pagan to me.

    The early Christian church had a deliberate policy of taking over whatever religious observances were most common in whatever part of the world the church was trying to take over at the time. It`s unlikely that they`d avoid doing so for the spring festival, given its importance.
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    malinschen Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 12:59 am
    Its just water (I assume)... Go to any college and they`ll do the same to you. Just with beer.
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    _kiersten_ Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 1:44 am
    xD Looks like fun to me.
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    osmandias Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2010 at 3:21 am
    @Angilion: "Do you have a better explanation for the name of the festival ..."
    No. Eostre/Ostara are obvious and I thought it to be true before I heard of the scepticism. But to place this believe on just one source is a bit weak. I don`t argue that it`s false, just that it might be.
    "Looks pagan to me."
    It clearly is. (The ritual depicted as well as hares, eggs, bonfires)
    I just wanted to point out that Easter is not like Christmas. Christmas was invented to compete with pagan pagan holidays. Easter is genuine christian. Some people don`t know that and make a fool of themselfs arguing that all christian holidays are stolen from the pagans.

    "The early Christian church had a deliberate policy of taking over ..."
    Yep. But there was also the plan to strip of all the pagan rituals. In that they failed.
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    Lord_Jereth Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2010 at 4:42 am
    osmandias,

    "Easter is genuine christian."

    In fact, although it could be debated which came first, the Germanic festival of Ostara, the holidays that celebrate the spring equinox and the goddess Ôstarâ specifically, has been written about since at least the 8th century and is known to predate that time period. Though the Christian festival of "Easter" may predate this specific practice, it is not to say that the church did not coopt its rituals and even its name. But, that is also not to say that The celebration of the spring equinox in general, however, does not far predate the Christian equivalent. Your assertion that Easter is a purely Christian holiday is no more than wishful thinking.

    LJ
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    SaiyanRocker Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 5:02 am
    The bitch is obviously getting baptized. Do you really need 9,000 paragraphs per comment to explain it?
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    Flibmeister Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 5:08 am
    if easter is the celebration of jesus` death and rebirth, then why do we have pagan symbols of birth such as rabbits and eggs and not chocolate dead-guys nailed to crosses?
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    anafa Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 6:13 am
    Religion is funny :-)
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    Valonqar Male 13-17
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    March 30, 2010 at 8:41 am
    I thought Easter was a shameless ripoff from the jewish Pesach?
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    kill3ru_4eve Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 9:07 am
    This is not a religion.It`s a hungarian tradition. On the second day of easter the towns men visit the woman to shower them whit whater and earn painted eggs in return.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfLbYHfaa88


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    Linkenberger Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 11:08 am
    Flibmeister; look to the left of the guy on the left.

    Happy Easter.
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    GirlieMutant Female 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 11:19 am
    "I thought Easter was a shameless ripoff from the jewish Pesach?" Easters is a shameless ripoff off almost everything o.O

    Eddie Izzard on the subject:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XJfRzNOJNE
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    Fleh Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    that dude posted some pretty sweet eggs!!! :|
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    March 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm
    3 guys are sitting around discussing what Easter is. The 1st guys says, "I know what Easter is. It`s when the easter bunny goes to each house and says trick-or-treat & people give him candy."

    The 2nd guy goes, "NO, that is halloween. Easter is when the bunny goes house to house and leaves gifts for all the little good boys and girls."

    The 3rd guy smiles patiently says, "No, that is Christmas. What Easter is is the day Christ was crucified. The Roman soldiers gambled for his clothes and they mocked him calling him King of the Jews. When he gave up the spirit Joseph of Aremathea requested his body and buried him in a tomb. On the third day Christ rose, and if he sees his shadow we have six more weeks of winter"

    Bahahahahaahah
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    It clearly is. (The ritual depicted as well as hares, eggs, bonfires)
    I just wanted to point out that Easter is not like Christmas. Christmas was invented to compete with pagan pagan holidays. Easter is genuine christian. Some people don`t know that and make a fool of themselfs arguing that all christian holidays are stolen from the pagans.

    Maybe not all. There are a lot of them.

    The name is pagan, the timing is pagan, the customs are pagan, even the underlying theme (a fresh start, a new cycle) is the same as the pre-existing pagan celebrations...but Easter is genuinely Christian? That seems a bit of a stretch to me. Maybe it is a coincidence.
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    xXKaryXx Female 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 1:25 am
    looks like something they do in some parts in mexico for easter

    not sure what it is, im not catholic
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