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Saudi Shi’ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Qatif, east Saudi Arabia, October 24, 2015. © Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

Blood has been spilt as Shia Muslims marked the Day of Ashura, commemorating the death of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussein, with mass self-flagellation ceremonies.

Thousands of men took to the streets of Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Lebanon and other countries on Saturday, cutting themselves with swords, knives and sharp chains.

Saudi Shi’ite Muslims flagellate themselves with chains during an Ashura procession in Qatif, east Saudi Arabia, October 24, 2015. © Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

It wasn’t only grownups who participated in the brutal ritual, as video from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad shows toddlers having their foreheads cut by relatives. 

The self-flagellations are intended to emulate the suffering of Hussein, who lost his life fighting the Umayyad Caliphate in 680 AD in Karbala, near Baghdad in Iraq.

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A Shi’ite Muslim boy shouts religious slogans after flagellating himself during a Muharram procession to mark Ashura in Srinagar, October 24, 2015. © Danish Ismail / Reuters

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