To Show Devotion To Their Faith, Holy Men Stick Swords Behind Their Eyeballs


During the six day, annual Urs festival, commemorating the death of the Sufi saint, thousands of Sufi holy men make pilgrimages to attend the historic festival each year in Ajmer, a city in Rajasthan, India.

To show devotion to their faith, the holy men stick swords behind their eyeballs to make them pop out.

Celebrations also include Sufi poetry recitals and devotional songs, which can carry on through the night. Thousands of people take to the streets for processions, and flag raising ceremonies.

During the week-long festival, devotees offer prayers, flowers, food, money and other donations at the shrine where the tomb of Saint Moinuddin Chishti lies.

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26 comments

  1. That is just GROSS…😳🤢🤮

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  2. Oh man, that is beyond sick! Did you have to put those pictures in? (LOL) Their eyes “pop out” – does that mean completely come out, blinding them?

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  3. Can’t a blind man be faithful?
    …even if he wasn’t blind before

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  4. That’s not something a devout man would do. Thats the action of a fanatic

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  5. That is horribly disgusting. Power to them if they believe it helps somehow.

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  6. No worse than certain Christians that have themselves crucified over Easter.
    Religion! Is there no end to the stupidity?
    Apparently not!

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  7. Understood, at least we agree with my understanding of how you debate.

    ‘We’ do?
    As you have deleted my comment ( and I don’t generally take screen shots of everything I post) I am at a disadvantage when it comes to a rebuttal. You wouldn’t like to oblige and reinstate it would you?

    Out of interest, is this going to be another of those ‘debates’ where you suggest I do a separate post and then you come across and announce you are ‘Here as requested?’

    If this is the case then I must make absolutely certain I dot all my ‘i’s’ and cross my ‘T’s’.

    😉

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    • You Stated — “As you have deleted my comment ( and I don’t generally take screen shots of everything I post) I am at a disadvantage when it comes to a rebuttal. You wouldn’t like to oblige and reinstate it would you?”

      My Response — You position is still posted and is still in opposition to mine. The rest is a non sequitur. The rest is just you ignoring any response I provide and then adding your personal views of me directly which don’t provide me with any useful data on the topic. I have no interest in a conversation based on narcissistic views (argue just to argue). I’m looking for a challenge to my understanding.

      I clearly stated to you that I have no position on circumcision and would support any law that was for or against it in society. Change the law and we are on the same side. I think it’s possible the law could be changed, and I think parents should lead that charge. I believe you as a parent should have the final say with your partner via what the law allows.

      Your direct response to that was, “Furthermore, that you attempt to make any defense of circumcision”

      You are having a debate but it’s not with me it’s with, a straw man of some type. It’s not a real conversation like what Tildeb or Ron provide (it’s possible they could change my viewpoint) What we are doing is just nonsensical. To be honest I feel that your position on this topic is not well read, or you are just using it as a stepping stone to get me to talk about god again.

      You then went on and request that I. “If you feel you must remove any further comments, then go ahead, delete away.”

      So, I did as you requested since we both agreed but now you are asking, “You wouldn’t like to oblige and reinstate it would you?”

      This is not a real conversation, it’s just strange.

      In the end you just resorted to the following comments, which I stated in the past seems to provide you with satisfaction:

      “… disingenuous, unwilling, and a waste of ink. Not to mention suggesting that I support female circumcision even though it violates the law because I stated that parents should have a choice for what’s best for their children.

      You Asked — “Out of interest, is this going to be another of those ‘debates’ where you suggest I do a separate post and then you come across and announce you are ‘Here as requested?”

      My Response — If you want to make a post on this topic to have me answer questions without the ability to delete the chain because it’s a non sequitur then I would say that’s your option since I won’t refuse the request to join in. That’s really up to you, in this case I think the topics interesting so I would be more curious than the last you posted.

      Note: I may still bow out once you make a personal comment about me since that’s your que (tell) that you don’t have anything else to say on the topic. That’s when I say I’ll get back to you. Just FYI: I have no interest in your personal thoughts of me and I have no emotional connection to these debates. My passion is unstructured information as it relates to Data Science. I tried to engage you once on that but it seemed to cause a visceral reaction since you have some resistance to technology and science.

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