Blood and Rain: Ashura in Southern Lebanon

Collection with 18 media items created by Cherine Yazbeck

03 Nov 2014 23:00

November 4, 2014
Nabatieh, Lebanon

Followers of the Lebanese Shia political party Amal commemorate Ashura in the southern Lebanese town of Nabatieh. Despite bans from top Shia religious leaders against self flagellation rituals, participants beat themselves with swords and proudly paraded their bloody heads and shirts.

Ashura commemorates the death and martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala in 680 AD. Hezbollah, Lebanon's other major Shia political party also held their own separate Ashura commemoration a few days later, but self flagellation rituals were not permitted.

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Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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04 Nov 2014

Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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The Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon climaxes. Amal and Hezbollah, both Lebanese Shia political parties, hold their own separate Ashura rallies as the commemoration provides an opportunity to bring together their respective support bases.

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An Ashura participant holds a sword used for self flagellation as he is covered in blood during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

An Ashura participant holds a sword used for self flagellation as he is covered in blood during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

An Ashura participant holds a sword used for self flagellation as he is covered in blood during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon. Participants chant slogans praising Imam Hussein, one of most important figures in Shia Islam.

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An Ashura participant holds a sword used for self flagellation as he is covered in blood during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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Blood and rain- ashura is southern le...
Nabatieh, Lebanon
By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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Blood and rain- ashura is southern le...
Nabatieh, Lebanon
By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

Ashura participants covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

Participants in the Amal Ashura celebration wait to have their heads cut so they will bleed as they partake in the procession.

While self flagellation involving sharp objects and blood are common in Ashoura, both Hezbollah and the Iranian Ayatollahs have banned the practicing, considering it inappropriate for religious activities.

However, the Amal movement continues to allow the practice and thus their Ashura procession is the most dramatic.

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By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

An Ashura participant covered in blood, which is a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

An Ashura participant covered in blood as a result self flagellation during the Amal Ashura procession in Nabatieh, south Lebanon.

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Blood and rain- ashura is southern le...
Nabatieh, Lebanon
By Cherine Yazbeck
04 Nov 2014

A poster of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah hangs above a poster of the Amal movement, the other major Lebanese-Shia political party, and a flag of the pro-Assad Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party (SSNP).