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Bloody displays as Shiites flagellate themselves for Ashoura
Afghan Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashoura procession in Kabul on Nov. 24.S.sabawoon / EPA
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Each year during Ashoura, Shiite Muslim men & boys whip their backs with chains and cut their heads with knives, drenching themselves in blood to mourn the loss of one of the faith's most revered figures, Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.