raisins and nails

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PZ Myers mentions the zebibah, the Arabic word for raisin, which the NYT defines as "a dark circle of callused skin...on the spot where worshipers press their foreheads into the ground during their daily prayers." A devout Muslim in Cairo is quoted as saying that the zebibah "shows how religious we are. It is a mark from God," to which Myers replies:

No, it isn't. It's a mark of self-inflicted brain damage.

Why don't they just pound nails into their skulls as a mark of piety?

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