Ashura

An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim man gashes his forehead with a sword during a ceremony marking Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City. Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves during Ashura with steel-tipped flails or slash their bodies with knives to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

( REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani / November 24, 2012 )

An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim man gashes his forehead with a sword during a ceremony marking Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City. Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves during Ashura with steel-tipped flails or slash their bodies with knives to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

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