Sunday, November 27, 2011

'Ashura 2011 Post #2: Latmiya (Mourning Recitation) for Imam Husayn with Images from Ta'ziya Plays

This latmiya (a type of mourning recitation traditionally recited at 'Ashura majalis) video includes photographs from the massive mourning rituals performed by Twelver Shi'is worldwide every year during the first ten days of the Islamic lunar month of Muharram to commemorate the tribulations and sacrifices of Husayn bin 'Ali, the third Shi'i Imam, his family and followers on the plain of Karbala. These rituals include elaborate "passion plays," the ta'ziya, in which the events of 680 C.E. are reenacted, with the soldiers and allies of the Umayyad caliph Yazid bin Mu'awiya, whose governor 'Ubaydullah ibn Ziyad, and general 'Umar ibn Sa'd, were responsible for stopping Husayn and his band at Karbala and ultimately also for their deaths, wearing red during these plays.


First post in this series

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