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Iraq’s Sufis remember God through bizarre body piercing ritual

Jun 22, 2017 14:13 IST
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Using knives and skewers, followers of a mystical Sufi order in southern Iraq pierce their mouths and heads as part of a religious custom. Kasnazani devotees first spin & sway into a trance as part of a ceremony to remember God. They then use skewers and knives to penetrate their bodies. Sufism is a mystical form of Islam. The Kasnazani sect is believed to be the largest Sufi order in Iraq.