New Video of Matam – Self Flagellation During the Mourning of Ashura

New Video of Matam - Self Flagellation During the Mourning of Ashura

We’ve recently had a video of Shiite Muslims hacking their backs with swords on the Holy Day of Ashura posted on Best Gore, and here’s another one. This one was also filmed during the mourning of Ashura, a day which falls on the 10th day of Muharram – an important period of mourning in Shia Islam, and the first month of the Islamic calendar.

The practise of self flagellation with swords or whips is called Matam. It is done in remembrance of Imam Husayn and his suffering. While most Shia Muslims participate in Matam with just ceremonial chest beating, devotees in some South Asian countries, including Bahrain, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iraq incorporate blades into the practise.

You can tell from the video that those who do participate in Matam with self flagellation have done it several times in the past. Their backs are visibly scarred. I have no problem with people who celebrate their religion in ways that do not harm others, regardless of how whacked out it may seem to the outsiders.

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76 thoughts on “New Video of Matam – Self Flagellation During the Mourning of Ashura

  1. this seems more like some kind of competition to me. seems like it would make more sense to pay homage to this douchebag in the privacy of your own home/hovel.

    • i think i agree, self flagellation should be done in private so that nobody knows of your suffering, not in public where you can show it off. kinda defeats the purpose to me

  2. These fanatic’s have old scaring to prove how fucked up they really have become over the years. The cuts are spraying blood all over anyone who watch’s too closely and they’re happy as a pig in shit. I’m waiting for those blades to shoot off into the crowd and slice off someone’s head or an arm…that would be entertainment.

  3. They wanted to carry on and not stop, good thing there was someone there to stop the idiots. They probably would have killed themselves – oh well!

  4. That still has to suck big time for the heavy guy because you can see that the cuts go through the inch or so of fatty tissue.
    Once it’s past all that protective scar and fat tissue and still cuts into muscle and tendon, you’ve got real medical problems

  5. Hello sir, can I sneeze my hepatitis all over your gapping back wounds? Then we can head over to the allah snackbar and starve ourselves becaues it pleases Allah

  6. That’s just natural selection going on. If people want to be fucking stupid & kill themselves over nothing, as long as they’re not hurting anyone else, let ‘em go nuts.

    I’m surprised no one loses an eye or accidentally gets decapitated or something ~ could they stand any closer?!

  7. If they really wanted to show their devotion to their God they shouldv’e kept swinging until they sliced through the other side and bled to death. Why stop at a few flesh wounds? Bunch of pussies!

  8. Muslims DO have sharp knives!

    I wonder what the standard is for when the crowd stops them?
    I also wonder if they are allowed to get stitches or how they dress the wounds.

  9. Just one of many countries where self mutilation…flagellation…is practiced in the name of some “religion”. In the USA we call this masochism. The core participants are very experienced as testified by their mounds of scar tissue. They are probably payed to perform the ritual. Its really great that they are sprinkling what appears to be ashes all over one another. Ashes are a sign of mourning. perhaps they should just choose someone and behead them, get it over with?

  10. This is a part of syiah event..it is called asyura..this religious is sick and stupid..they are the one that cause war in eygpt and syiria..these syiah not the real islam..they just pretend they are islam..

  11. I am a sunni muslim and they are not real muslims (they are syiah)..Islam does not teach it’s followers to harm themselves..you can google about sunni and syiah.

  12. I had a certain respect for these people even though I don’t do religion myself. Gotta hand it to them, they have got balls for their beliefs.

    I wonder if afterwards anyone tried to make on of the open flesh wounds talk like a mouth ??? :p

  13. I’m sorry but, no matter what the religion is, just the thought of me, or anyone doing this, is just taboo, it STRIKES me<Lmao. For real though, That must hurt!

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