National Geographic : 1966 Jan
Beating the devil, stone-throwing pilgrims jam the streets of Mina, a village six miles from Mecca. In this Fisheye-lens view, visitors hurl the traditional seven stones, a yearly event in the hamlet. Some toss shoes. The pillar marks one of three spots, Moslems believe, where the devil tempted Abraham as he prepared to sacrifice his son to God. Finding Abraham's faith steadfast, God substituted a ram. Faces alight with glee, Moslems from Morocco to Indonesia pelt the pillar. Later, outside the village, they will slay thousands of sheep, cows, and camels to commemorate Abraham's offering. Men wear prescribed pilgrim garb, the white two-piece ihraam.