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The Performance of a Ta'zieh During Ashura In Iran

Shi'ite Muslims in the Iranian town of Noosh Abad took part in a Ta'zieh, a public performance during the observance of Ashura. Ashura, which took place on November 13 and 14, is a time for mourning the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was killed by armies of the Caliph Yazid near Karbala in the year 680.

Iranian Shi'ite Muslims portray the Prophet Jesus and his apostles during a traditional Ta'zieh performance in Noosh Abad, Iran, near the central city of Kashan.
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Iranian Shi'ite Muslims portray the Prophet Jesus and his apostles during a traditional Ta'zieh performance in Noosh Abad, Iran, near the central city of Kashan.

A performer is dressed to play the role of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.
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A performer is dressed to play the role of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.

Shi'ite men take on the role of enemies of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.
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Shi'ite men take on the role of enemies of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.

Young men play drums during a Ta'zieh performance.
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Young men play drums during a Ta'zieh performance.

A man with a torch on his head plays an angel of hell.
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A man with a torch on his head plays an angel of hell.

A performer, Ali Aghazedeh, takes the role of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, as he enters the battle field.
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A performer, Ali Aghazedeh, takes the role of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, as he enters the battle field.

A girl is dressed as an angel during a Ta'zieh performance.
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A girl is dressed as an angel during a Ta'zieh performance.

A boy playing the role of a genie has his face painted black.
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A boy playing the role of a genie has his face painted black.

Performer Ali Aghazedeh, representing the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, holds a child during a Ta'zieh scene.
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Performer Ali Aghazedeh, representing the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, holds a child during a Ta'zieh scene.

Women prepare for their roles of allies of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.
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Women prepare for their roles of allies of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.

Women attend a Ta'zieh performance.
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Women attend a Ta'zieh performance.

Children hold banners during a Ta'zieh performance.
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Children hold banners during a Ta'zieh performance.

Performers portraying genies carry Zaafar Jinni, the king of genies.
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Performers portraying genies carry Zaafar Jinni, the king of genies.

Boys become genies for a Ta'zieh performance.
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Boys become genies for a Ta'zieh performance.

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