Good Friday legends

W hat would Good Friday celebrations be without the traditional effigy of Judas Iscariot being hung on telephone and electricity poles in strategic places throughout the country.

For centuries this tradition depicting the betrayal of Jesus by one of his disciples called Judas, became an act of revenge by Christians. As it grew in popularity it became a feature of the celebration depicting the betrayal and death of Jesus Christ.

The effigy normally called Good Friday Bobolee represents Judas Iscariot, the disciple of Jesus who betrayed his master for 30 pieces of silver. In the Holy Bible it states “After the decision to crucify Jesus, Judas exited the temple where the trial was taking place and went and hung him in the courtyard”

For centuries Good Friday bobolees had taken centre stage among youths in most rural villages in Trinidad and Tobago. Judas was garbed in ragged clothes with a cap on his head. He was the victim of violent attacks. He was beaten with a stick, kicked, spat upon, and when he fell to the ground he was beaten until his effigy was completely disfigured, and left lying helplessly on the side of the road.

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