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Each year, a group of Filipino villagers cover themselves with mud and pray to Saint John the Baptist.
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Aliaga, Philippines - Taong Putik, or "mud people", is a historically significant festival in the Phillipines, where devotees wear dried banana leaves stuck together by mud, while paying homage to Saint John the Baptist. 

"I was cured from sickness and it is very seldom that I got sick, thanks to Saint John the Baptist," said Ryan Perez, a 38-year-old farmer from the village of Aliaga. Since the area is predominantly Catholic, many people here attribute a lot of what happens in their lives as a part of God's will.

Origins of the festival remain unknown. According to one local legend, Japanese soldiers during World War II were about to execute people in the village. Right when the soldiers lined people up for execution, the Japanese changed their minds in the midst of a downpour. After being spared from capital punishment, the villagers rolled around on the muddy ground in celebration. The residents attributed this to a miracle by St John the Baptist and vowed to pay homage to him on his feast day.

 


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A man assists his fellow devotee for the early morning preparation of the "Taong Putik" festival on June 24, 2013, in Aliaga, a town north of Manila, Philippines. The historically significant religious festival is based on paying homage to patron saint John the Baptist.



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Devotees soak their costume of dried banana leaves in muddy water before wearing it.



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Devotees, covered with mud and wearing their costumes made of dried banana, grass or coconut leaves, observe the "Taong Putik," or Mud People festival.



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Participants offer lighted candles during an early morning outdoor mass.


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A worshipper lights a candle as others buy them outside the church compound.



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Congregants attend an early morning outdoor mass for the solemn religious ceremony.


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A young boy moves while wearing a costume of dried banana leaves.


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A devotee pays homage to patron saint John the Baptist. Origins of the festival remain unknown.


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Aliaga is a Catholic community where they revere Saint John the Baptist as a healer.


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Band members are also covered with mud. After the procession, devotees participate in a feast.


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The mud people festival is also a provincial phenomenon, with many towns and villages celebrating.




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A man assists his fellow devotee for the early morning preparation of the "Taong Putik" festival on June 24, 2013, in Aliaga, a town north of Manila, Philippines. The historically significant religious festival is based on paying homage to patron saint John the Baptist.

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Devotees soak their costume of dried banana leaves in muddy water before wearing it.

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Devotees, covered with mud and wearing their costumes made of dried banana, grass or coconut leaves, observe the "Taong Putik," or Mud People festival.

;*;Participants offer lighted candles during an early morning outdoor mass.;*;

A worshipper lights a candle as others buy them outside the church compound.

;*;Congregants attend an early morning outdoor mass for the solemn religious ceremony.;*;A young boy moves while wearing a costume of dried banana leaves.;*;A devotee pays homage to patron saint John the Baptist. Origins of the festival remain unknown.;*;Aliaga is a Catholic community where they revere Saint John the Baptist as a healer.;*;Band members are also covered with mud. After the procession, devotees participate in a feast.;*;

The mud people festival is also a provincial phenomenon, with many towns and villages celebrating.

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A man assists his fellow devotee for the early morning preparation of the "Taong Putik" festival on June 24, 2013 in Aliaga, a town north of Manila, Philippines. The historically significant religious festival is based on paying homage to patron saint John the Baptist.

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A man assists his fellow devotee for the early morning preparation of the "Taong Putik" festival on June 24, 2013 in Aliaga, a town north of Manila, Philippines. The historically significant religious festival is based on paying homage to patron saint John the Baptist.

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Devotees soak their costume of dried banana leaves into muddy water before wearing it.

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Devotees soak their costume of dried banana leaves into muddy water before wearing it.

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Devotees, covered with mud and wearing their costumes made of dried banana leaves, grass or coconut leaves the "Taong Putik," or Mud People festival.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=04xN1mi372aRmPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Devotees, covered with mud and wearing their costumes made of dried banana leaves, grass or coconut leaves the "Taong Putik," or Mud People festival.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=0cdg5hH4BA3Fd

Participants offer lighted candles during an early morning outdoor mass.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=0cdg5hH4BA3FdPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Participants offer lighted candles during an early morning outdoor mass.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=01JW7ah8Re8ad

A devotee attempts to light a candle as other buy them outside the church compound.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=01JW7ah8Re8adPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A devotee attempts to light a candle as other buy them outside the church compound.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=0glx55k1aAbbn

Congregants attend an early morning outdoor mass for the solemn religious ceremony.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=0glx55k1aAbbnPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Congregants attend an early morning outdoor mass for the solemn religious ceremony.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=00lk7jm57J9vT

A young boy moves while wearing a costume of dried banana leaves.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=00lk7jm57J9vTPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A young boy moves while wearing a costume of dried banana leaves.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=065e6GgegfaiL

A devotee pays homage to patron saint John the Baptist. Origins of the festival remain unknown.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=065e6GgegfaiLPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A devotee pays homage to patron saint John the Baptist. Origins of the festival remain unknown.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=07TQcFd3c01IQ

Aliaga is a Catholic community where they revere Saint John the Baptist as a healer.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=07TQcFd3c01IQPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Aliaga is a Catholic community where they revere Saint John the Baptist as a healer.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=0dgHchIcRCbfa

Band members are also covered with mud. After the procession, devotees participate in a feast.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=0dgHchIcRCbfaPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Band members are also covered with mud. After the procession, devotees participate in a feast.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=07yJcbB2B4a8y

The Mud People festival is also provincial phenomenon, where many towns and villages participate in the celebration.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1372079673420?image_id=07yJcbB2B4a8yPat RoqueAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The Mud People festival is also provincial phenomenon, where many towns and villages participate in the celebration.



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