IRAN, NOOSH ABAD : Iranian Muslim Shiite boys impersonating the role of genies, the spiritual creatures mentioned in the Koran, take part in the annual religious performance of “Taazieh” in the Iranian town of Noosh Abad near the central city of Kashan on November 12, 2013, marking the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein. Ashura, which climaxes on November 14, mourns the death of Imam Hussein who was killed by armies of the caliph Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

IRAN, NOOSH ABAD : Iranian Muslim Shiite boys impersonating the role of genies, the spiritual creatures mentioned in the Koran, take part in the annual religious performance of “Taazieh” in the Iranian town of Noosh Abad near the central city of Kashan on November 12, 2013, marking the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein. Ashura, which climaxes on November 14, mourns the death of Imam Hussein who was killed by armies of the caliph Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

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