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Samaritans' pilgrimage

<p>Members of the Samaritan sect wait atop Mount Gerizim at the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. The Samaritans, who trace their roots to the biblical Kingdom of Israel (in what is now the northern occupied West Bank), observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect wait atop Mount Gerizim at the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. The Samaritans, who trace their roots to the biblical Kingdom of Israel (in what is now...more

Members of the Samaritan sect wait atop Mount Gerizim at the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. The Samaritans, who trace their roots to the biblical Kingdom of Israel (in what is now the northern occupied West Bank), observe religious practices similar to those of Judaism. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect get ready atop Mount Gerizim for the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect get ready atop Mount Gerizim for the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect get ready atop Mount Gerizim for the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect stand atop Mount Gerizim at the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect stand atop Mount Gerizim at the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect stand atop Mount Gerizim at the beginning of their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect walk atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect walk atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect walk atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A boy member of the Samaritan sect reads his religious book atop Mount Gerizim during the traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

A boy member of the Samaritan sect reads his religious book atop Mount Gerizim during the traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A boy member of the Samaritan sect reads his religious book atop Mount Gerizim during the traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect walk atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect walk atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect walk atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A member of the Samaritan sect holds up their Torah scroll atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

A member of the Samaritan sect holds up their Torah scroll atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

A member of the Samaritan sect holds up their Torah scroll atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect chat atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect chat atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect chat atop Mount Gerizim during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect take part at their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Nir Elias</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect take part at their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Members of the Samaritan sect take part at their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.   REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Members of the Samaritan sect take part in their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

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<p>Members of the Samaritan sect chat during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini</p>

Members of the Samaritan sect chat during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Members of the Samaritan sect chat during their traditional pilgrimage ceremony, atop Mount Gerizim, marking the holiday of Shavuot early May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

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