I've got a whole bunch more photos from Ashura that I still haven't yet posted. I was hoping to write a bit of commentary about Ashura in Bahrain, but I just haven't got round to it. So before my backlog gets any longer I'll share the photos now. By the way, Bahrania has a great post about Ashura in Bahrain which covers some of the topics that I was hoping to discuss, so read it.
So here are the pics (as usual, sorry for the poor lighting, motion blur, and general crappiness). They were all taken in Manama on the night of Ashura.
A horse representing Imam Hussain's horse, Zuljenah:
Young men striking their backs with small knives attached to chains:
I assume this is meant to represent Hussain carrying his slain infant son Ali Asghar:
Below you can see a couple paintings of Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei, which apparently really pissed off the ruling regime.
I love this. It's a photo of a drinking water dispenser outside of a matam. On the dispenser is painted what I assume represents the Euphrates river in Karbala, which the family of Imam Hussain were denied access to during the Battle.
One of the hundreds of food and drink stalls along the procession route:
The marching band:
A beautiful embroidered banner depicting the Tragedy of Karbala:
A group of Pakistanis representin' (sorry, you can't really see much):