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Afghans observe Ashoura: Men mourn, pray, flagellate

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An Afghan Shiite Muslim man prays during a Muharram procession to mark Ashoura in Kabul Dec. 13, 2010.

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Afghan Shiite Muslim men flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Kabul Dec. 13, 2010.

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Afghan Shiite devotees beat themselves with chains and blades during a Muslim ritual as part of Ashoura celebrations at a mosque in Kabul on Dec. 13.

From Getty: Ashoura is a period of mourning in remembrance of the seventh century martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein who was killed in a battle in Karbala in Iraq, in 680 AD.