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Braving burning coals in observance of Day of Ashoura in Myanmar

Reuters moved these striking photos shot today on the Day of Ashoura, an ancient Muslim religious observance. Ashoura-related images have been moving all week, and I found this set interesting seeing the women's reaction to men walking on fire.

Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

A Shiite Muslim walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashoura festival at a mosque in central Yangon on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Ashoura, the most important day in the Shiite calendar, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the 7th century battle of Kerbala.

Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

A Shiite Muslim boy walks on fire at a ceremony during the Ashoura festival at a mosque in central Yangon on Wednesday.

Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

Shiite Muslim women react as they look at Shiite Muslim men walking on fire at a ceremony during the Ashoura festival at a mosque in central Yangon on Wednesday.