Ghel mâli or khare mâli (The custom of spreading with mud)

The custom of sprinkling with mud is a tradition that the Lor ethnicity observes in various funeral laments including on the occasion of the death of family members or in religious funeral ceremonies. This custom takes place on the day of Âshurâ in the month of Moharram in the regions of western Iran in the area of ​​the Zagros mountains, particularly in the regions of Lorestân, Kermânshâh and Ilâm. This rite the day of Âshurâ likewise is also observed in parts of the Khuzestân regions, Markazi and Hamedân. This custom provides that everyone should sprinkle the whole body with mud, even the head, the face, the beard and the neck and recite funeral laments.

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