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January 30, 2007

Muslim Kids Celebrate Ashura

Posted by Dave Blount at January 30, 2007 6:20 PM

Today is Ashura, a day on which Shiite Muslims pay homage to their bloodthirsty god by — how else? — shedding blood. The idea is to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, grandson of Mohammad, whose death marked the split between the Sunni and Shia sects.

Ashura is celebrated by publicly beating, cutting, and/or flagellating yourself. Children are expected to participate. It's a quaint multicultural practice that we'll be seeing more of as Islam supplants Christianity in the West.

Something… And Half of Something offers a fascinating collection of Ashura photos. A few samples:

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Religion of Peaceniks really know how to throw a holiday party. Isn't it great the way they involve the whole family?