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Mythical Islamic steeds cast into sea in Indonesia festival

Huge models of mythical Islamic steeds were carried aloft amid crowds before being hurled into the sea Sunday, at the peak of a colourful festival in Indonesia. Thousands of people flocked to a picturesque stretch of coastline on western Sumatra island for Tabuik, an annual event that attracts hordes of foreign and local tourists. The climax of festivities featured two models of a "buraq", a steed from Islamic mythology that transported the Prophet Mohammed, being carried through the streets of the city of Pariaman before being cast into the waters.
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