NSFW: Blood-Drenched Religious Festival Sees Boys Slice Themselves With Machetes

via Express UK

The holy Day of Ashura festival sees millions of Muslim men and boys around the world take part in the dramatic ceremony.

It is held to mourn the death of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Husayn, in 680 AD, during the Battle of Karbala.

The 10-day festival is observed by both Sunni and Shia sects, although self-harm is discouraged by some Shia leaders who say it creates a negative image of Islam.

Shocking images from this year’s ritual show streets in Iraq soaked with blood and youngsters posing with knives, spears and chains.

The worshippers’ white robes are splattered with blood and many have open wounds on the tops of their heads.

Those not carrying out the brutal acts slap their chests, chant, and act in street plays.

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It is also common to combine the rituals with a pilgrimage to the Mashhad al-Husyn in Iraq, which is thought to be the resting place of the Prophet’s grandson.

Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Pakistan mark the day of Ashura as a public holiday, although it was banned under Saddam Hussein’s rule.

But the annual ceremony is also often targeted by Islamic extremists, and this year is no exception.

 

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Shi'ite Muslims march on streets with swords during Ashura procession in downtown Manama, Bahrain, October 24, 2015. Ashura, the most important day in the Shi'ite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the seventh century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed - RTX1SZMQ

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A series of blasts targeting Shia Muslims in Dhaka killed at least one person and wounded dozens more earlier today, as they gathered for a procession in the old part of the Bangladesh capital to mark the holy day.

Police cordoned off the area and were investigating the blasts, which they said were caused by improvised explosive devices. It was unclear who carried out the attack.

 

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So very awful & disturbing

Zo Ziftm
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shia is not muslim..

Drü Messinger
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Yaaay religion..

Dave Anderson
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Bright bunch of folks. That ol’ S&M relationship with God in full effect.

Ali Mahmoudi
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Most annoying 10 days of a year if u live in a Muslim country and u don’t buy that shit!

Antonio Nino
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shiah people

Verst Blackmore
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Theist idiots. Absolutely void of any individualism.

Raoul Henry
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Not easy to deal with cross-contamination after this… O_O

Jørn E. Svanem
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Victor Borel
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lol idiots

Sushant Rawat
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Real life or metalocalypse

Matthew Arīmanius
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Passion.

Kurtis Scatchard
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farking crazy cunts!

Shrul Idzr
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They are not muslim. Real muslim will not mourn to any death. They man up.

Ed Arvizu
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More people should do this!

Der Cadaver
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Ed Arvizu
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So metal!

Johnny Thomas
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disgusting and primitive

Blake Viola
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Says the guy with a septum piercing

Johnny Thomas
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right because the two are EXACTLY the same thing

get fucked

Blake Viola
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Sure it’s not exactly the same, but don’t you think it’s just a tad hypocritical? I mean you can’t make a good argument against the validity of people cutting themselves when you yourself have a piece of metal skewered through your nose. I mean I could say that’s pretty “primitive” and even “disgusting” of you too. 😉 Do you feel the same about scarification? What about tattoos? Or any other forms of body modification? Are those also “disgusting and primitive”? Or is just the modern western form of body modification as it has surfaced into the mainstream through somewhat underground… Read more »

Johnny Thomas
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The difference is I didn’t do my mod for religious purposes.

Nik Kai Mellin
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no you did it to look fancy or so…i don’ t see a huge difference. these men weren’ t forced to cut themselfs man. take it easy.

Joep Smaling
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No, no difference whatsoever between a piercing and cutting deep gashes in your head for religious purposes. Are you shitting me?