1. Myanmar 2013. Shia Muslims participate in a fire walk to mark Ashura, a festival commemorating the death of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who was killed during the battle of Karbala in 610 CE.

    The pictures are lame, but the ritual was amazing to witness. Rest assured the coals were so hot that even standing five feet or so back from them proved difficult. 

  2. Yangon, Myanmar 2013. Myanmar’s Light Festival. More photos on Al Jazeera

  3. Yangon, Myanmar 2013.

  4. Yangon, Myanmar 2013.

  5. Ngwe Saung Beach, Myanmar 2013.