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Photographer's Note

This " thing " that you see is called " Alaamat " which means sign/ mark . Alaamat is the simbol of mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein.(for furthur information on the subject, see: this picture

Procedure Process:
It's made of iron,the vertical elements are called " blade" & the tallest blade is called " main blade". during the the artisans write Qoran rimes, holy narratives, ... on the blades then wash them in Acid.then blacken them with a mixture of soot, oil & alcohol.after joining them together to make this whole, it's Decorated with special clothes, symbolic animal figures, Ostrich's feathers.... . more decorated, more precious, more expensive.

The Role :
it's an old tradition : a ( strong ) person takes the Alaamat & holds it over his shoulders & walks in front of the mourning group.it's not an easy task, & the Alaamat holders change their place after a while.


I offer this photo to who were killed yesterday in Iraq.

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  • Copyright: Fariba Mm (charmante) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 392 W: 47 N: 153] (1090)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2002-04-00
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2004-03-03 14:41
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