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June 08, 2003 
HAn Iraqi Mandean priest wraps the head of a groom in cloth during a
wedding ceremony for five couples,... 
IRAQI MANDEAN PRIEST WRAPS GROOMS HEAD IN CLOTH DURING WEDDING CEREMONY
IN BAGHDAD. 
HAn Iraqi Mandean priest wraps the head of a groom in cloth during a
wedding ceremony for five couples, conducted in the ancient Aramaic
language, on the Tigris river in Baghdad June 8, 2003. Iraqi devotees
of an obscure religion who take John the Baptist as their central
figure perform virginity tests on their brides and take a dip in the
murky Tigris river every Sunday to purify the soul. Most of the
worldAEs 20,000 or so Mandeans live in southern Iraq and southwestern
Iran. REUTERS/Faleh Kheiber

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