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Yarsani Religion – Beliefs and Practices

Yarsani Religion
The followers of the Yarsani faith are called by many names and scattered across at least three countries. The creation of this faith is often attributed to Islamic Sufism (the mystical branch of Islam) but the Yarsan themselves claim that their beliefs have always been and Islam is a heresy of Yarsanism. […]

June 17th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yarsani Religion – Beliefs and Practices

Yezidi – Questions and Answers

Regarding the Peacock icons and two that are missing. Are these very old relics and hold historical significance? If so, does the author know approximately how old they are?
The icons are old, but only historically relevant to the Yezidi. They claim that they are several thousand years old, but no one knows for sure. […]

June 8th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi – Questions and Answers

Yezidi Castes, Culture, and the Elephant in the Room (3)

If you have kept up with the previous blog posts you may have noticed that Yezidi culture is very complex. In this installment, we’re going to be exploring the layers of society (the Yezidi castes) and the influences from other cultures around them.

Yezidi Castes and Culture
The caste system in Yezidi culture is […]

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi Castes, Culture, and the Elephant in the Room (3)

Yezidi Sacred Holidays and Pilgrimages (2)

Yezidi – Sacred Holidays and Pilgrimages
Now that we’ve covered some of the basic beliefs, scriptures, and rituals of Yezidi, let’s get into the really exciting stuff — Yezidi holidays and pilgrimages. Stick with me! This could get complicated.
When we previously discussed the practices of Yezidi faith, you may have noticed that there really […]

April 25th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Yezidi Sacred Holidays and Pilgrimages (2)

Mystery Religions in the Middle East

Mystery Religions in the Middle East
There are thousands of years of history poking out at you from every corner of the Middle East. The world’s three largest religions all began in this part of the world, and have been in contention over it for most of modern memory.

But the big three are not the only […]

April 4th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Mystery Religions in the Middle East