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Muharram in India

<p>A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim mourner prepares hot coals for fire walking during Muharram in the lead up to Ashura in Khanda, west of Srinagar, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail </p>

A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim mourner prepares hot coals for fire walking during Muharram in the lead up to Ashura in Khanda, west of Srinagar, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim mourner prepares hot coals for fire walking during Muharram in the lead up to Ashura in Khanda, west of Srinagar, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>A Kashmiri Muslim boy pauses while flagellating his head during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

A Kashmiri Muslim boy pauses while flagellating his head during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

A Kashmiri Muslim boy pauses while flagellating his head during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims mourners attend a ceremony during Muharram in the lead up to Ashura in Khanda, west of Srinagar, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail </p>

Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims mourners attend a ceremony during Muharram in the lead up to Ashura in Khanda, west of Srinagar, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims mourners attend a ceremony during Muharram in the lead up to Ashura in Khanda, west of Srinagar, November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>Women mourn as Shi'ite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 22, 2012.  REUTERS/Amit Dave </p>

Women mourn as Shi'ite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Women mourn as Shi'ite Muslims take part in a Muharram procession in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>Kashmiri Muslim girls attend a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Kashmiri Muslim girls attend a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri Muslim girls attend a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Kashmiri Muslim boys beat themselves with chains as elders beat their chests during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Kashmiri Muslim boys beat themselves with chains as elders beat their chests during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri Muslim boys beat themselves with chains as elders beat their chests during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Kashmiri mourners try to touch a glass case containing a copy of the Koran during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Kashmiri mourners try to touch a glass case containing a copy of the Koran during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri mourners try to touch a glass case containing a copy of the Koran during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Kashmiri people watch the Muharram procession from the window of a house in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Kashmiri people watch the Muharram procession from the window of a house in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri people watch the Muharram procession from the window of a house in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>A Kashmiri Muslim boy flagellates his head with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012.  REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

A Kashmiri Muslim boy flagellates his head with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

A Kashmiri Muslim boy flagellates his head with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>A Kashmiri Muslim girl watches from behind a fence during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

A Kashmiri Muslim girl watches from behind a fence during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

A Kashmiri Muslim girl watches from behind a fence during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Blood drips from the nose of a Kashmiri Muslim boy while he flagellates his head during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Blood drips from the nose of a Kashmiri Muslim boy while he flagellates his head during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Blood drips from the nose of a Kashmiri Muslim boy while he flagellates his head during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 22, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Kashmiri women watch a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail </p>

Kashmiri women watch a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Kashmiri women watch a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims flagellate themselves with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim flagellates his head with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim flagellates his head with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

A Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslim flagellates his head with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>A Kashmiri Muslim girl wears a headband which reads "Oh Hussein" during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

A Kashmiri Muslim girl wears a headband which reads "Oh Hussein" during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

A Kashmiri Muslim girl wears a headband which reads "Oh Hussein" during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>People try to touch the face of a horse, symbolising the horse of Imam Hussein during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli</p>

People try to touch the face of a horse, symbolising the horse of Imam Hussein during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

People try to touch the face of a horse, symbolising the horse of Imam Hussein during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Kashmiri Muslims women sit as they watch a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Kashmiri Muslims women sit as they watch a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri Muslims women sit as they watch a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims boys flagellate themselves with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli </p>

Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims boys flagellate themselves with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Kashmiri Shi'ite Muslims boys flagellate themselves with knives tied to chains during a Muharram procession in Srinagar November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim beats his chest during a Muharram procession in Chennai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Babu</p>

A Shi'ite Muslim beats his chest during a Muharram procession in Chennai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

A Shi'ite Muslim beats his chest during a Muharram procession in Chennai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim breathes fire during a Muharram procession in Ahmedabad November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave</p>

A Shi'ite Muslim breathes fire during a Muharram procession in Ahmedabad November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A Shi'ite Muslim breathes fire during a Muharram procession in Ahmedabad November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim boy flagellates himself with a razor tied to a rope a Muharram procession in Chennai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Babu </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim boy flagellates himself with a razor tied to a rope a Muharram procession in Chennai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

A Shi'ite Muslim boy flagellates himself with a razor tied to a rope a Muharram procession in Chennai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Babu

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<p>Shi'ite Muslims carry a "Tazia", or a replica of the coffin of Imam Hussein, during a Muharram procession in Allahabad November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash</p>

Shi'ite Muslims carry a "Tazia", or a replica of the coffin of Imam Hussein, during a Muharram procession in Allahabad November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

Shi'ite Muslims carry a "Tazia", or a replica of the coffin of Imam Hussein, during a Muharram procession in Allahabad November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012.  REUTERS/Vivek Prakash </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim watches another flagellate himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim watches another flagellate himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A Shi'ite Muslim watches another flagellate himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A Shi'ite Muslim flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim has the blood washed off his back after flagellating himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash </p>

A Shi'ite Muslim has the blood washed off his back after flagellating himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A Shi'ite Muslim has the blood washed off his back after flagellating himself during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>A Shi'ite Muslim mourns as others flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

A Shi'ite Muslim mourns as others flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A Shi'ite Muslim mourns as others flagellate themselves during a Muharram procession in Mumbai November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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