Father makes his little boy walk over HOT COALS while men whip themselves with blades in gory self-flagellation Shiite Muslim ceremony
- WARNING: Graphic images
- Shiite Muslims across the globe are commemorating holy day of Ashura
- It marks the death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad in 680
- Some Shiite worshippers commemorate this with self-flagellation
- Photographs from India and Pakistan shows children taking part
Millions of Shiite Muslims across the globe are commemorating one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar: Ashura, which mourns the death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
In some parts of the world these celebrations come in the shape of self-flagellation using knives and swords or walking on hot coals – and even young children are forced to take part.
These images from India and Pakistan show boys of primary school age running across burning embers, and young men covered in blood from whipping themselves with knives on chains.
Young devotees: A boy tries his best to avoid having to touch the burning coal with his feet in Lahore, Pakistan, while another, pictured right, bravely runs across them
Bloody devoted: A Kashmiri Shiite Muslim man flagellates himself during a religious procession held on the seventh day of Ashura in Srinagar, India
Historical moment: Ashura commemorates the slaying of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson in southern Iraq in the seventh century
A young boy in Lahore, Pakistan is seen being held over the hot coals by his father, trying his hardest to lift his feet so he does not have to suffer burns.
Photographs from Srinagar, in India’s Kashmir province sees young men swinging blades attached to chains, whipping themselves across their exposed backs.