posted on Jan, 22 2015 @ 01:20 PM
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
a reply to: sirlancelot
It's also celebrated by Shia as well as Sunnis (which the link only mentions)...
Shiites celebrate the Day of Ashura with self-flagellation (harming oneself)...
I'm not sure "celebrate" is the most appropriate word here, considering that Shi'a do it as a form of mourning.
But it is odd that the link mentions Sunnis, when it is almost exclusively a Shi'a practice. As I said, Shi'ites do this as a form of mourning for
Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and the 3rd Shi'ite Imam. While Sunnis in countries with a Shi'a presence also sometimes participate
in mourning, self-flagellation is predominately done by Shi'ites. The religiously ordained way to mark the day for Sunnis is by fasting, which the
link mentions, but that relates to a separate incident that just happened to fall on the same day.
Now while I personally disagree with this and don't really consider it an appropriate form of mourning (or the idea in general of mourning someone
who died over 1000 years ago), if the participants are all their of their own free will, and want to do whatever they want to do, I'm not sure I have
much to speak against them. I mean, in that case, I'd ban smoking, tattoos, piercings, body modifications and wearing high heels, all different forms
of self harm (most way more dangerous than this form of self-flagellation, which barely breaks the flesh, and doesn't even last 2 months, although it
definitely looks more impressive).