Iva Zimova

Al Amarah, IRAQ

A group of young Shia Muslim men raise bundles of chains (zidzhel) and lash their own backs during the ritual self-flagellation of Ashura on the 10th of the festival of Muharram. For the first time in decades worshippers were able to freely mark Ashura. During the Ashura, men hit themselves on the chest in a rhythmic ritual called tatraab, in commemoration of the violent martyrdom of Hussein bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

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