Tatbir (Shi'i Devotional Self-Flagellation)
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The Shi'ite practice of Tatbir (تطبير) includes striking oneself (self-flagellation) with a sword on the head, causing blood to flow. Some also repeatedly hit their back and/or chest with blades attached to chains. it is common for Children to be induced to take part in the practice and also spill their own blood.
The ritual is performed every year on the 10th day of Islamic month of Muharram, known as the Day of Ashura, and Arbaeen. Some also perform Tatbir on other occasions like the 21st of Ramadan, 28th of Safar and any time during the mourning period starting from Muharram to the 8th of Rabi'-ul-Awwal.
- Devout Muslim to be sentenced for child flogging - Lucy Collins, The Independent, September 24, 2008 (archived), http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/devout-muslim-to-be-sentenced-for-child-flogging-940707.html