religious group
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The Yazidi (also Yezidi) are a Kurdish ethnoreligious group with Iranian peoples roots, originally from Yazd province. They are a separate branch of the Abrahamic religion tree. Their religion blends monotheism with Zoroastrianism and the religions of ancient Mesopotamia. Infant boy circumcision and Infant baptism are practised.[1][2]

They mostly live in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq alongside the Christian Assyrians. In Lalish, they have there old Yazidi Temple.[3] More people are in Transcaucasia, Armenia, Turkey, and Syria. They have been fewer since the 1990s.[4] Their religion is Yazidism. The Yazidis believe in a single god who created the world. They believe that he placed the world under the care of seven holy beings or angels. The main angel is Melek Taus, the peacock angel.

The Yazidis got worldwide attention in 2014. They face religious persecution and expulsion from their ancient home in Iraq by the jihadist Islamic State (ISIL).

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  1. Nicolaus, Peter (2016). "Yezidi Circumcision and Blood-Brotherhood (Including the Circumcision of the Dead)". Iran and the Caucasus. 20 (3–4): 325–345. doi:10.1163/1573384X-20160305.
  2. "History of the Yezidi - the Ultimate History Project". Archived from the original on 2022-07-17. Retrieved 2022-07-17.
  3. "Lalish Temple".
  4. Reeves, Bob (2007-02-28). "Lincoln Iraqis call for protection from terrorism". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2007-02-28.