An Indian Kashmiri Shiite Muslim bleeds after flagellating himself with a cluster of knives during a religious procession in Srinagar on December 14,2010, held on the seventh day of Muharram, which commemorates the slaying of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson in southern Iraq in the seventh century. During the Shiite Muslim holy month of Muharram, large processions are formed and the devotees parade the streets holding banners and carrying models of the mausoleum of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his people, who fell at Karbala. Shiites show their grief and sorrow by inflicting wounds on their own bodies with sharp metal tied to a chain with which they scourge themselves in order to depict the sufferings of the martyrs. By Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com.