In separate images, men can be seen crying out in pain as they use knives attached to chains to cut their own backs at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Pools of blood can also be seen on the floor of the building after the men performed the ritual to mark Ashura - one of the major fixtures of the Islamic calendar.
The tradition is seen by some as a way of washing away their sins and is a national holiday in many countries with thousands taking part in the annual rituals.
A national holiday in many countries, thousands take part in the annual rituals which include people whipping and cutting themselves with chains and knives. Read More : http://giftadenenews.com/