“Off with his head!”
April 14, 2017 Leave a comment
Although the practice has lived for more than 100 years, the term Moriones is but a modern invention coined by ‘outsiders’ in the 1960s—native Marinduqueños prefer to call their festival Moryonan.
The Moryonan culminates in a roller-coaster ride of a ‘pageant’—at times raucous and jubilant, with moments of sadness and grief—reenacting the final days of the Roman centurion Longinus, the Pugutan or Beheading.
Christian legend has it that Longinus was a partially blind Roman soldier who thrust a spear into Christ’s side at the crucifixion—that spear became the much sought-after Spear of Destiny. Some of Jesus’ blood fell upon his eyes and healed his impaired vision. Despite this miracle though, Longinus was not fully convinced about the Divinity of Jesus Christ. Later events after the death of Christ will lead to his complete conversion to Christianity.
Upon orders of the Roman High Council, Longinus and his legion were ordered…
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