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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.
Afghan Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashoura procession in Kabul on Nov. 24.S.sabawoon / EPA

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Afghan Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashoura procession in Kabul on Nov. 24.S.sabawoon / EPA

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.

Shiite Muslim worshippers, covered in their own blood from self-inflicted wounds, hold knives during a procession to mark the Muslim festival of Ashoura in Baghdad's Sadr City on Nov. 24.Thaier Al-sudani / Reuters
An Iraqi Shiite Muslim child gashes his forehead with a sword during a ceremony marking Ashoura in Baghdad's Sadr City on Nov. 24.Thaier Al-sudani / Reuters
Turkish Shiite women during an Ashoura procession in Istanbul on Nov. 24.Murad Sezer / Reuters
Blood runs down the face of a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim as he participates in a procession in Srinagar, India, on Nov. 24.Dar Yasin / AP

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