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Christian penitents known locally as 'Battenti' beat themselves during a procession in honour of the Virgin Mary in Guardia Sanframondi, near Benevento south of Italy, on August 22, 2010. Around 1,000 penitents from across the world attended the procession which occurs once every seven years. By Mario Laporta/AFP/Getty Images.

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