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'Children of mud' celebrate the nativity of John the Baptist

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"Children of mud", devotees with their bodies covered in mud and wearing banana leaves, attend a mass during a religious festival in Aliaga, north of Luzon, the Philippines, on June 24. Hundreds of devotees marking the feast of St. John the Baptist attended the annual religious festival.

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A Catholic man rubs mud on his son's body prior to attending a holy mass to mark the 'Taong Putik' (Mud People) Festival and the feast of St. John the Baptist in Bibiclat, the Philippines on June 24. Devotees cover themselves in mud and leaves as part of a more than 100-years-old ritual to honor their patron saint and to ask for favors through prayer.

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A devotee applies mud to his face during a religious ceremony celebrating the feast day of St. John the Baptist in the remote village of Bibiclat on June 24.

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Mud-covered devotees attend a mass celebrating the feast day of St. John the Baptist in Aliaga on June 24.

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