Gallery: Self-flagellation during Ashura (graphic content)

Published: November 23, 2012

WARNING: Graphic content.

Kashmiri Shiite Muslims perform acts of self-flagellation with a sharp knife during a religious procession held on the seventh day of Ashura in Srinagar on Nov. 22, 2012, as devotees remember the slaying of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson in southern Iraq in the seventh century. During the Shiite Muslim holy month of Muharram, large processions are formed and the devotees parade the streets holding banners and carrying models of the mausoleum of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his people, who fell at Karbala. Shias show their grief and sorrow by inflicting wounds on their own bodies with sharp metal tied to chains to depict the sufferings of the martyrs.


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WARNING: Graphic content. Kashmiri Shiite Muslims perform acts of self-flagellation with a sharp knife during a religious procession held on the seventh day of Ashura in Srinagar on Nov. 22, 2012, as devotees remember the slaying of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson in southern Iraq in the seventh century. During the Shiite Muslim holy month of Muharram, large processions are formed and the devotees parade the streets holding banners and carrying models of the mausoleum of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his people, who fell at Karbala. Shias show their grief and sorrow by inflicting wounds on their own bodies with sharp metal tied to chains to depict the sufferings of the martyrs. Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images






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