Sometimes I am astounded at my kids. This week has been… I struggle to find a sufficient adjective to describe the strange combination of blessings and struggles. One boy brought me a little charm of the American Flag. A girl brought me a necklace that she made herself out of little gold colored glass […]
Mystery and Minority Religions
Many people think that everyone in Iraq is Muslim. And it’s true that the majority are. Some people know of some of the Christians even. But there’s a long history and heritage of different minority religions in Iraq. Hannah and Colleen ran into a few themselves traveling around the area and […]
Islamic Holidays in Northern Iraq
This is part 3 of our episodes focusing on holidays! We tackled American holidays (we’re good at those!), Newroz (you just get swept up in in!), and now we’re attempting to explain the Islamic holidays.
Disclaimer: We are not Muslim and while we did some research online, we certainly didn’t try […]
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]