Self-flagellation – Ashura in Bangladesh 2010

Ceremonies are held during the night and day to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was brutally murdered in Karbala, Iraq, 1300 years ago. Ashura (also known as Muharram) takes place on the day of his murder, which is the tenth day of one of the holiest months of the Islamic calendar. Here's a link to photos on my blog: http://jessicamudditt.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/ashura-a-k-a-muharram-the-bloody-and-the-beautiful/