Self-Flagellation

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Shi’ite Muslims are well known for their martyrdom, and ashura is no exception. Ashura is an Islamic event recognised by Muslims around the world, though for Shi’ites it’s done in commemoration of the death Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussain’s at the 7th century battle of Karbala. Hussain’s, along with his comrades, was repeatedly hit on the head with daggers, and blood was spilled onto Muslim streets. The ritual is performed as a means of absolving sin, and people spill their own blood and those of their relatives to mourn the fact that they were not being present to save Hussein.

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