Ashura

Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshipers self-flagellate during a ceremony marking Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra on November 3, 2014.

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Iraqi Shia Muslims self-flagellate in Basra during a ceremony to mark Ashura, which commemorates the seventh century slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

Afghan Shiites devotees beat themselves with chains and blades during commemorations ahead of the Day of Ashura in Kabul on October 30, 2014. Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD

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Afghan Shiites devotees beat themselves with chains and blades during commemorations ahead of the Day of Ashura in Kabul on October Ashura mourns the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, who was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. 

An Iraqi youth makes a belt especially for the annual Shiite Muslim commemoration of Ashura with the saying embossed in Arabic that reads, "Labaik ya Hussein" or " In your service Hussein", referring to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, at a work shop in Baghdad on November 4, 2013.

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An Iraqi youth in a Baghdad workshop makes a belt for the annual Shia Muslim commemoration of Ashura. The Arabic embossment reads ‘In your service, Hussein’, referring to the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

Members of the robot rock band Z-Machines, guitarist Mach, keyboardist Cosmo and drummer Ashura perform during the band's debut live concert in Tokyo...Members of the robot rock band Z-Machines, guitarist Mach (C), keyboardist Cosmo (L) and drummer Ashura perform during the band's debut live concert in Tokyo June 24, 2013. Three robot rockers took to the stage in Tokyo on Monday to perform three songs, including one in collaboration with Japanese pop girl duo Amoyamo, to a crowd of nearly 100 people.

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Robot rock band Z-Machines performs during the band’s debut concert in Tokyo. Guitarist Mach (centre), keyboardist Cosmo (left) and drummer Ashura took to the stage in Tokyo on Monday to perform three songs, including one in collaboration with Japanese pop girl duo Amoyamo, to a crowd of almost 100 people.