Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a holy procession to pay respect to the Prophet Mohammad and his martyred grandson.
Blood splatters can be seen on the floor of a mosque where Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during the procession.
The Prophet Mohammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein, was slain in the seventh century by his political rivals. Seventy-two of his companions were also killed. Some of the bodies were also mutilated.
Muslims took part in processions where it also involves walking on burning coals and carrying a ‘Tazia’, a replica of the coffin of Hussein.
The participants gather for ceremonial chest beating as a display of devotion to remember the Hussein’s suffering and that the oppression will not last.