Re-enactments as Shia Muslims mark holy day of Ashura
Shia Muslims have been marking Ashura - a major religious commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
Imam Hussein died in the Battle of Karbala in modern-day Iraq in 680AD.
This video show how Shias in Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran have marked the day by re-enacting the battle and with mourning rituals.
Some Shia men seek to emulate the suffering of Hussein by flagellating themselves with chains or cutting their foreheads.
04 Nov 2014
- From the section World