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Should religious practices that incorporate self-harm be banned?
Self-harming rituals are integral to certain religions.
In some tribes in Africa, facial scarification is done to
a tribe member's journey into adulthood.
in India perform extreme self-abuse as an attempt to free their inner spirit.
, self-immolation and hunger-striking employ the body as a means of resistance.
sect of Islam holds the practice of self flagellation as part of a mourning ritual to mark the death of the Prophet's grandson integral to its religious tradition.
Mortification of the flesh
has been prevalent in Christianity throughout history.
The legality of something is not decided by how integral it is to a religion.
Some integral rituals are being adapted in a way which continues tradition but avoids self-harm.