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Baha'is mark killing of founder

The North-West's followers of the Baha'i faith have staged a religious remembrance service 155 years after the beheading of one of its founders.

The North-West's followers of the Baha'i faith have staged a religious remembrance service 155 years after the beheading of one of its founders.

Special devotional gatherings were held in Derry at the weekend to commemorate the young Bab or 'Gate' being executed in 1850 in Persia for preaching social and religious reform.

Thousands of his followers were also put to death in a massacre aimed at stopping the spread of the new faith's ideas.

Baha'i spokeswoman Elaine Palin said: "Many people have seen parallels between the life and death of the Bab and those of Christ.

"It is interesting that the Persian authorities had him examined by a Western doctor, Dr McCormick - a man with Irish roots - who later said Bab had told him even Europeans would be following his religion.

"Dr McCormick did not seem convinced and one wonders what he would have made of the way that the Bab is now commemorated throughout the world."

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