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Explosion at the Festival of Ashoura

Reporter: "They were cutting and gouging their heads with daggers in honor of the death of Hussein (a saint)."
Bob Edwards, NPR: "Who is responsible for this violence?"
Reporter: "Um, they're cutting themselves because they want to, Bob."

(Well, that's what I THOUGHT he was going to say ...)

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scarlettina
Mar. 2nd, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
I heard about the preparations for this observance on NPR last night and I knew, I just knew that it would be misinterpreted by the press. One man who was preparing himself for the cutting of his forehead (according to tradition) said that it was a kind of purification; the letting of blood manufactured new blood and cleaned out the system for observance. Now, this is a pretty scientific explantion for a ritual hundreds of years old, but the point is that it's a purification ritual. Western press won't get it without explanation and I fear they'll see it as a way to portray Islam as an inherently violent tradition. ::sigh::
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