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The blood of a sacrificed lamb streaks a north Tehran street during Ashura, the day of mourning for Imam Hussein, and the peak of the month of Muharram. The blood and self-flagellation with chains are in honor of the seventh century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammed. Tehran, Iran. May 1998

The blood of a sacrificed lamb streaks a north Tehran street during Ashura, the day of mourning for Imam Hussein, and the peak of the month of Muharram. The blood and self-flagellation with chains are in honor of the seventh century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammed. Tehran, Iran. May 1998

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