El Salvador: Demons lash away devotees’ sins on Holy Monday

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A unique Easter tradition was celebrated in the Salvadoran town of Texistepeque on Holy Monday, in which people dressed up as ‘Talciguines’, a demon clad in red, and whipped the locals to ‘cleanse them of their sins.’

Footage shows the Talciguines running through the streets of Texistepeque and whipping people who crossed their path.

The tradition holds that each lash purifies the soul and rids people of their sins. In the end, Jesus emerges to defeat evil and close the ceremony.

The festival is a part of the Holy Week, the week preceding Easter, in El Salvador and attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

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