Flogging Judge Iscariot.
. ; A queer Easter-tide custom is that in'^idulgea in by the Portuguese sailors in the Port of London, and indeed all tho world t over, as regularly as Good Friday comes , round, of flogging in effigy the false disciple, Judas Lscariot, At day-break, a • , life sized figure, of which a roughly carved ; ti log" of wood usually forms the foundation ■ ' is dressed up in cast-off sailor's toggery, to which is added, somewhat incongruously,'a huge pair of jack boots. Ajs the *,* VohihatrUcted spectator might not £ perhaps be altogether clear as to the Identity of, the effigy, the thoughtful PortngeflO h&nga a large placard around its ;- 'rieckf -bearing the inscription in his own mother tongue of course : "This is Judas „,. lscariot." Then with many taunts and „ revflingsv the completed figure is hauled .\ to the masthead, where it hangs, ah ob,"tr.'ject of derision to ereiy Portuguese or - South American/ until 6 o'clock, when ythe. ; entire crew-^-every man making it a , sacred duty to have a finger in the pie—. assist in lowering it to the deck, the '"ship's"bell keeping up meanwhile an in- " cessarit and deafening clangour. Then the figure is carried in procession three , times around, the ship, after which the - crew, shouting and yelling,. flog it might and main with knotted ropes. The next , proceeding is to hack with knives at the figure until every particle of its clothing has been cut away in shreds, and, when the block of wood is entirely bare, it is kicked about all over the deck, fastened to a line, thrown overboard, dipped again and again, and subjected to various other . indignities. , Then, if the Portuguese 'have their way, the stump is. publicly 'burnt;~ but, as the regulations at the docks in London prohibit this part of the . performance. the sailors are obliged to content themselves with chopping it into , small fragments, which are then handed - over to the cook, who gets rid of them under the galley fire.
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Flogging Judge Iscariot., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2445, 19 June 1890
Flogging Judge Iscariot. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2445, 19 June 1890
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