Flagellation: Suffering and Desire in Christian Context

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Flagellation: Suffering and Desire in Christian Context
Suffering is a common feature of many religions. However, the relationship between religion and suffering is highly complex. In some cases religion is treated as something that in inevitable and therapeutic. In other cases suffering is something that is desired in a psychological, sensual and sexual sense.
This essay will explore the practice of flagellation in Christianity. It will be argued that flagellation started as a purely spiritual exercise. It was a way of punishing yourself for your sins. However, over time it developed a sexual dimension so that it is now most often seen as a sadomasochist practice among certain sexual fetishists.
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