Walking on fire, Ashura festival, Rangoon, 3 October 2014. (PHOTO: Niels Huby)
A young man walks on fire for the first time at the Ashura festival in Rangoon on 3 October 2014. (PHOTO: Niels Huby)
A devotee whips his back with a ‘zanjeer’ at the Ashura festival in Rangoon, 3 October 2014. (PHOTO: Niels Huby)

No pain, no gain – Rangoon’s Ashura festival

Fire-walking and self-flagellation rituals mark this day of mourning which Shia Muslims associate with the martyrdom of Hussein, grandson of the Prophet in 680 CE.