ASHURA: Father makes his little boy walk over hot coals to mark Shiite Muslim ceremony

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A Pakistani Shiite Muslim man stands his son over burning coal during a commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammad, in Lahore on September 19, 2018. - Pakistani Shiite Muslims will hold Ashura processions on September 21 for the mourning of Muharram rituals to mark the seven-century martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein who was killed in a battle in Karbala in Iraq 680 AD. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP)ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images

Millions of Shiite Muslims across the globe are commemorating one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar: Ashura, which mourns the death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

In some parts of the world these celebrations come in the shape of self-flagellation using knives and swords or walking on hot coals – and even young children are forced to take part.

These images from India and Pakistan show boys of primary school age running across burning embers, and young men covered in blood from whipping themselves with knives on chains.

A young boy in Lahore, Pakistan is seen being held over the hot coals by his father, trying his hardest to lift his feet so he does not have to suffer burns.

Photographs from Srinagar, in India’s Kashmir province sees young men swinging blades attached to chains, whipping themselves across their exposed backs.

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A Kashmiri Shiite Muslim man flagellates himself during a religious procession held on the seventh day of Ashura in Srinagar, Indiain

A young boy in Lahore, Pakistan is seen being held over the hot coals by his father, trying his hardest to lift his feet so he does not have to suffer burns.

Photographs from Srinagar, in India’s Kashmir province sees young men swinging blades attached to chains, whipping themselves across their exposed backs.

This dispute eventually developed into a bitter schism between the Sunni, who make up around 90 per cent of Muslims, and Shiite branches of Islam.

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Many Shiite worshippers travel from neighbouring Iran and other countries each year to visit Imam Hussein’s shrine in Karbala, which lies about 50 miles southwest of Baghdad, Iraq.

Millions of others across the Shiite world, from Lebanon to south Asia, hold processions in their home towns, performing a variety of mourning rituals.

These involve Shiites beating their chests, slapping their faces and hitting their backs with chains until they bleed to commemorate the violent deaths of Hussein and his family.
The faithful also drive in convoys through the streets carrying colourful flags and playing songs dedicated to Hussein.

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