- a member of a religious sect living mostly in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Syria, Armenia, and Georgia, whose beliefs are based partly on Zoroastrianism and Sufism.
Origin of Yazidi
of uncertain origin
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The most important day of the week for Yezidis from a religious perspective is a Wednesday.
It turned out almost the entire staff of the hotel was made of Yezidis.
During the visit, it was hard to get a sense of why the Yezidis are persecuted.
The Yezidis consider themselves ethnically Kurdish, the majority in areas surrounding Mosul, within Arab Iraq.
Yezidis play a sort of basketball game here, balling cloth up and tossing it onto the top of the mound.
The Yezidis seem more callous to smoke even than the Kurds and Syrians.
The Yezidis render to Melek Isa a sort of secondary worship.
Yet withal there is a spice of fear in the contempt which is felt for the Yezidis.
One peculiar privilege, however, has recently been conceded to the Yezidis.
The Yezidis have a regular hierarchy of seven orders of priesthood.
- a religious sect found in the Kurdish areas of Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, whose beliefs combine elements of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity, and other religions; in addition to believing in a Supreme God, the Yezidi worship seven angels, among whom is the devil, who is believed to have repented and been pardoned and reinstated as chief angel
C19: perhaps from Yazid or Ezid a name for God
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