WEEK IN PHOTOS: Chinese Mummy, Bloodletting Rite, More

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Chinese Mummy, Bloodletting Rite, More
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Mumbai, India, January 8, 2009—A young Shiite in India gestures as devotees flagellate themselves with sharp blades during a religious observance of Ashura.

The holiday marks the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein at the seventh-century battle of Kerbala.

Bloodletting during the annual rite has seen a controversial resurgence since the fall of Saddam Hussein, who repressed public displays of worship by his country's majority sect, Reuters reported.
—Photograph by Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty Images
 
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