Okay, I came across this last night on a show called "Taboo" on National Geographic TV. Apparently it's a well known Easter tradition that many Filipinos engage in extreme mortification during Lent and Easter, even to the point of getting nailed to a cross to emulate Christ and the thieves as their Passion play. They are not actually crucified, but they do get real nails through their palms and feet, and are stood up on a cross (equipped with a platform to stand on) for a few hours. Others open cuts on their backs and then walk the streets flogging themselves.
I didn't do any further research, but as I understood the narrator the Church has disallowed these practices, but they continue.
Just looking for thoughts on this. Aside from the Church's ruling, is this too extreme? Or do you consider it to be a legitimate point on the continuum of mortification?