Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Paraphernalia for Muharram

In Tabriz I’ve seen a shop with flags. As I’ve made some photographs, I realized that this shop also sold the paraphernalia for the month of Muharram. Muharram (محرم) is the first month of the Islamic calendar and one of the holy months, second only to Ramadan.
An expression of grief is the beating of the chest. Another form is flagellation as a symbolic act of the blood-shedding of Hosein Ibn Ali. One form of flagellation is striking the back with chains. Such chains are seen in the display of this shop. Public flagellation, however, is forbidden in Iran. One might see such things at Karbala. Maybe one buys such chains as to remember the past.



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