Tehran, YJC. Khorramabad, Luristan is famous for its idiosyncratic rite of dipping oneself in or rubbing mud on oneself as an expression of sorrow on mourning occasions. The rite finds special utterance in the annual observation of Ashoura.
Mourners roll in the mud pool
The mud has been made overnight by mixing clay with rosewater
Mourners dry themselves by huge fire set up beside the mud pool
Mourning procession sets in motion, taking chants while slapping themselves on the breast
Musicians play "chamari" (mourning tune)