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We have reported on the slaughter of Yazidis by ISIS! They are now trapped on Mt. Sinjar, again!
Who are the Yazidis and what do they believe?
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The Yazidi sect is often mischaracterised, likely due to the fact that it has evolved over time, Yazidis are relatively isolated, and their story is exclusively based in oral tradition. Yet as is the case with many ancient faith systems from Central Asia and the Near East, modern doctrinal and theological methods of categorising religion are ill-equipped at tracing the extent of exchange and development of traditions lost in time. It is important to know the facts, or rather to know what is fact and what is assertion.
One major scholar on the Yazidi faith, Eszter Spat, discusses how Yazidism and other ancient traditions are easily lost as they depend on oral transmission amidst a changing world, and in a region with low literacy rates. A Yazidi online source, YezidiTruth.org, explain that the tradition possible dates back to 4,750 BCE in India. Suggestions that Yazidis are pseudo-Zoroastrian or any other single religion is a categorical misnomer, however the eclecticism of the religion is beguiling.
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