Monday, July 12, 2004

More on the Yezidis 

[Cross-Posted on The Head Heeb]

Never let it be said that the blogosphere is ignoring the smaller religions. A new post on The Argus provides some great background on the Yezidis, a minority Kurdish religion:
Unlike other Kurds, the Yezidi worship Malak Ta’us, the pre-Islamic peacock fellow on the right. Theirs is a mix of any number of religions including Islam, Manicheism, Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, and even ancient buzzard worship. As this description of Yezidism suggests, it's best to say no one is exactly certain of the origins of the religion.
I've posted on the Yezidis before, addressing the (now-out-of-favor) theory linking their proscription of lettuce-eating to Sumerian pubic hair imagery.

That earlier post led to a dialog with a very knowledgable reader about non-internet information sources on the Yezidis, including recommendations of two books: "Survival among the Kurds" by John Guest, and "The Other Kurds: Yazidis in Colonial Iraq" by Nelida Fuccaro. If you're considering picking up the latter book, you might first wish to read Peter Wien's review.

[Thanks to Chris Young of the excellent blog Explananda for the first link].

UPDATE: Secretplans has more.

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