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A man with gaping wounds watches other men hit themselves with ceremonial knives during Ashura. Ashura commemorates a day of mourning for the death of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the battle of Karbala. Shias consider Hussein the third Imam and the rightful successor to Muhammad. The grief for his death is demonstrated by the self-flagellation. Lahore, Pakistan 2009

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A man with gaping wounds watches other men hit themselves with ceremonial knives during Ashura. Ashura commemorates a day of mourning for the death of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the battle of Karbala.  Shias consider Hussein the third Imam and the rightful successor to Muhammad. The grief for his death is demonstrated by the self-flagellation.  Lahore, Pakistan 2009