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Day of Ashura

<p>Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves as they walk around a symbolic tomb at a mosque during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market), December 6, 2011. 

REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves as they walk around a symbolic tomb at a mosque during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market), December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza...more

Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves as they walk around a symbolic tomb at a mosque during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market), December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim shouts religious slogans as he hits himself during the Ashura mourning procession in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2011. 

REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim shouts religious slogans as he hits himself during the Ashura mourning procession in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed

A Shi'ite Muslim shouts religious slogans as he hits himself during the Ashura mourning procession in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed

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<p>Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi'ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 6, 2011. 

REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi'ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Kerbala during the Shi'ite religious festival of Ashura in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims pray in a mosque before flagellating themselves during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in Yangon December 6, 2011. 

REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun </p>

Shi'ite Muslims pray in a mosque before flagellating themselves during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in Yangon December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Shi'ite Muslims pray in a mosque before flagellating themselves during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in Yangon December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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<p>Shi'ite Muslim set a symbolic tent on fire during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market) December 6, 2011. 

REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

Shi'ite Muslim set a symbolic tent on fire during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market) December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Shi'ite Muslim set a symbolic tent on fire during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market) December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. 


REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters beat themselves during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/ Karim Sharif </p>

Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters beat themselves during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/ Karim Sharif

Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters beat themselves during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/ Karim Sharif

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<p>Shi'ite Iraqi men covered in blood take part in the Ashura procession in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 5, 2011. 

 REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary </p>

Shi'ite Iraqi men covered in blood take part in the Ashura procession in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary

Shi'ite Iraqi men covered in blood take part in the Ashura procession in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves at a mosque during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market) December 6, 2011. 

REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves at a mosque during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market) December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves at a mosque during a religious festival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram, near Tehran's grand bazaar (Market) December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. 


 REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail </p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

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<p>Shi'ite men gash their heads with blades during Ashura in Basra, southeast of Baghdad December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (</p>

Shi'ite men gash their heads with blades during Ashura in Basra, southeast of Baghdad December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (

Shi'ite men gash their heads with blades during Ashura in Basra, southeast of Baghdad December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during the Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in front of a mosque in Yangon December 6 , 2011. 

REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun </p>

Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during the Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in front of a mosque in Yangon December 6 , 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves during the Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in front of a mosque in Yangon December 6 , 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. 


REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters mourn during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, December 6, 2011. 

REUTERS/ Karim Sharif </p>

Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters mourn during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/ Karim Sharif

Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters mourn during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Beirut's suburbs, December 6, 2011. REUTERS/ Karim Sharif

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<p>Shi'ite women holding a portrait of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad, mourn during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. 

REUTERS/Murad Sezer </p>

Shi'ite women holding a portrait of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad, mourn during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Shi'ite women holding a portrait of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad, mourn during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashura festival at a mosque in central Yangon, December 5, 2011. 

 REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashura festival at a mosque in central Yangon, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A Shi'ite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashura festival at a mosque in central Yangon, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. 

REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A Shi'ite girl mourns during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. 

REUTERS/Murad Sezer </p>

A Shi'ite girl mourns during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Shi'ite girl mourns during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim cleans blood off a man after the man flagellated himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. 
REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim cleans blood off a man after the man flagellated himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A Shi'ite Muslim cleans blood off a man after the man flagellated himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Shi'ite Iraqi men covered in blood take part in the Ashura procession in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 5, 2011. 

REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary </p>

Shi'ite Iraqi men covered in blood take part in the Ashura procession in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary

Shi'ite Iraqi men covered in blood take part in the Ashura procession in Baghdad's Sadr City, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Kahtan al-Mesiary

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, as people watch from the top of Shams Ali Khan Imambargah in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, as people watch from the top of Shams Ali Khan Imambargah in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, as people watch from the top of Shams Ali Khan Imambargah in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Shi'ite women shout Islamic slogans as they mourn during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. 

REUTERS/Murad Sezer</p>

Shi'ite women shout Islamic slogans as they mourn during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Shi'ite women shout Islamic slogans as they mourn during an Ashura procession in Istanbul, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslim attend a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. 

REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim attend a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Afghan Shi'ite Muslim attend a Muharram procession in Kabul, December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Shi'ite Muslim men take part in self-flagellation during a religious procession ahead of the Ashura festival in Peshawar, December 5, 2011. 


REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz </p>

Shi'ite Muslim men take part in self-flagellation during a religious procession ahead of the Ashura festival in Peshawar, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

Shi'ite Muslim men take part in self-flagellation during a religious procession ahead of the Ashura festival in Peshawar, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims march during a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during a mourning process, two days before the Shi'ite will mark the day of Ashura, in Saksakieh village, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Ali Hashisho</p>

Shi'ite Muslims march during a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during a mourning process, two days before the Shi'ite will mark the day of Ashura, in Saksakieh village, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

Shi'ite Muslims march during a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala during a mourning process, two days before the Shi'ite will mark the day of Ashura, in Saksakieh village, southern Lebanon, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

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<p>Shi'ite pilgrims take part in the preparations of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, December 5, 2011. 

REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad</p>

Shi'ite pilgrims take part in the preparations of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

Shi'ite pilgrims take part in the preparations of the Ashura ceremony in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammad

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<p>The back of a Shi'ite Muslim bleeds as he flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. 

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi </p>

The back of a Shi'ite Muslim bleeds as he flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

The back of a Shi'ite Muslim bleeds as he flagellates himself during a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>Shi'ite Muslim men touch a symbolic sacred horse for good luck as they take part in a religious procession ahead of the Ashura festival in Lahore, December 5, 2011. 

REUTERS/Mohsin Raza </p>

Shi'ite Muslim men touch a symbolic sacred horse for good luck as they take part in a religious procession ahead of the Ashura festival in Lahore, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Shi'ite Muslim men touch a symbolic sacred horse for good luck as they take part in a religious procession ahead of the Ashura festival in Lahore, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

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<p>An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after flagellating himself with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul, December 2, 2011. 


REUTERS/Omar Sobhani </p>

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after flagellating himself with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

An Afghan Shi'ite Muslim man bleeds after flagellating himself with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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<p>Afghan Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul, December 2, 2011. 

REUTERS/Omar Sobhani </p>

Afghan Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Kabul, December 2, 2011. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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