06/23/2012 09:23 am ET | Updated Jun 23, 2012

Self Flagellation Slideshow: Religious People Beat, Impale Selves With Knives (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Does work ever make you want to smack your head against the wall?

That's nothing.

People have been flagellating themselves for ages, as a ritual of religious celebration and mourning. Even young children are often cut in some countries during the rituals, to re-enact historical and biblical events. But hey, a little blood never hurt anybody, right?

We've compiled a slideshow of particularly interesting (and sometimes, hard to look at) flagellation ceremonies for your viewing pleasure.

Be warned though: you're about to see a whole lot of self-impaling, beatings and blood. Enjoy.