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

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

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.