The latest 'brand' being ISIS - a sick-ass reference to the name-variation of Sophia, the Earth Goddess - we are hearing of all the mass deaths, beheadings, burying-alive of numerous victims in the Kurdistan area of Iraq. Sometimes it's 500, then 80, then 800, whatever. Though the targets include Shia Muslims, and other tribal groups, one community has garnered some attention, though the stories are often filled with falsities and disinfo, and that is the people known as Yazidis (or Yezidis), said to be trapped on their holy mountain Sinjar.
I was curious as to who these people are, and did some digging about what is known regarding this obscure (to the West) group, and why they were being singled out for destruction. It's actually not difficult to find info. There's a Wikipedia page, various YouTubes, and some extensive articles. Here, then, are some interesting facts about a people who have spent centuries trying to survive as a maligned culture in various parts of the Middle East:
Some say they came from India around 6000 years ago. If this is true, I guess they could be compared to the tribes from Indus area who eventually became known as "gypsies".
Total numbers vary from 70,000 to 500,000. They inhabit Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Armenia, and Germany primarily, with some in Sweden and other European countries. Their religion has been considered related to Persian, Mesopotamian, Assyrian religions, as well as pre-Islamic Sufi traditions, also Paganism, Christianity, Gnosticism, Zoroastrianism and Islam. Their calendar begins in 4,750 BC.
Yazidis are called "monotheists", who believe the 'one god' entrusted the world into the care of Seven Holy Beings/Angels/Mysteries, the primary one being MELEK TAUS (or TAWSI MELEK) - THE PEACOCK ANGEL.
Melek Taus, the "first-born son of Sophia" [of SEVEN SONS], has been somehow identified with Moloch by Christians and Moslems, and "Shaitan"/Satan. Sounds to me like a reverse-projection, as usual, from psychopathic deviates/ monotheistic freaks of said fake "religions", especially the ugly "Judaism" fake 'religion'.
Core teachings are of oral tradition and called QAWLS. [Hmm….the great Sufi songs (possibly of pre-Islamic origins) of Hindukush mountains, etc. are called QAWWALI.]
Yazidis also believe in reincarnation, of both humans and the Angels.
The Peacock Angel is not just the possession of the Yezidis, he belongs to the entire world. The Yezidis believe that they possess the oldest religion on Earth, the primeval faith that features Tawsi Melek, and that all other traditions are related to them through the Peacock Angel. They contend that Tawsi Melek is the true creator and ruler of the universe, and therefore a part of all religious traditions. He does not, however, always manifest within these diverse traditions as a peacock. Tawsi Melek has taken on many other forms throughout time.
Yezidi prophecy maintains that Tawsi Melek will come back to Earth as a peacock or rainbow during a time of intense conflict, poverty, famine and distress on the Earth. He will then transmit some prayers to a holy man, probably a Faqir, who will then take them around the Earth and give them to representatives of all religions. Tawsi Melek may manifest in a variety forms, including a bright light, a rainbow, a boy, a young man, a snake, and, of course, a peacock.
The Yezidis honor the goat because, like the Hindus’ cow, it sacrifices itself and supplies many of their needs. It gives them milk, wool, etc.
The Yezidis maintain that Tawsi Melek is manifest in all religions, although not always in the form of a peacock. The following are just a few of the various manifestations of Tawsi Melek in religions worldwide:
Murugan/Skanda/Sanat Kumara of the Hindus
Al-Khadir, the “Green Man,” of the Moslems
King Melchizedek of the Jews
St. George of the Knights Templar
Enki of the Sumerians
Dionysus of the Greeks
Osiris of the Egyptians
Quetzlcoatl of the Mexicans
Masaw of the Hopi Indians
In the Gnostic tradition (which the Yezidi religion is closely aligned with), Tawsi Melek is analogous to the first son of the Goddess Sophia, who in the process of creating and governing the universe divided herself into seven rays or “sons.” Her seven sons were coeval with and governed one of the seven colors, tones, planets, etc.
Through his manifestation as a snake, the Peacock Angel is also analogous with the Gnostics’ understanding of the Serpent on the Tree in the Garden of Eden. As opposed to the Christian viewpoint, the Gnostics recognize the Serpent of Eden to be their primal instructor and savior. They claim that the Serpent was specially sent down from Heaven to the Garden of Eden by Sophia in order to help awaken Adam and Eve to their divine nature. According to the perspective of the gnostic yogis of India, the Serpent on the Tree is a metaphor for the inner serpent (known in the East as Kundalini) that coils around the Tree of Life, the human spine, and brings a seeker knowledge of his or her divine nature as it climbs up the tree and awakens the inner centers of gnostic wisdom, the chakras.
In the religion of Sumeria the Peacock Angel was manifest as Enki, the Lord of the Earth, who was also the Lord of Wisdom and the Serpent on the Tree of Dilman, the Sumerian Eden. The Sumerians may have adopted Enki from Yezidi emissaries from India who played a role in the fledgling Sumerian civilization. Or they may have received him from the gnostic sect of Mandeans who were also assimilated into Sumerian civilization after migrating from the East, specifically Sri Lanka, the island patronized by the Peacock Angel as the Hindu Murugan or Sanat Kumara.
The Hindus know Tawsi Melek as Murugan, the legendary son of Shiva and Shakti.
The rainbow serpent (as among the Australian Aborigines) that encoded all energy with the seven colors, tones, etc.
The Peacock Angel is perceived differently by many different factions within Islam. Amongst the enlightened sects of Islamic Sufis, Tawsi Melek has been known as Al-Kadir, the “Green Man.” The Sufis’ Al-Khadir, who is currently worshipped in many corners of the world, has one of his premier temple sites at Kataragama in Sri Lanka right next to a temple of his Hindu counterpart, Murugan.
Like Tawsi Melek, Al-Kadir assisted in making the world green, and he can also lead a seeker to both enlightenment and immortality. The Sufis, who refer to him as “The Initiator,” are visited by Al-Kadir when they are ready to commit themselves completely to an intensive spiritual life.
In the Maya tradition the Peacock Angel is known as the spirit of Quetzlcoatl, the “Plumed Serpent.” In the Quiche Maya cosmology found in the Popul Vuh there is a passage very similar to that found in Genesis (and no doubt has the same origin) which states that the Creator moved upon the face of the waters. In Genesis this creator is recognized to be the synthesis of a group of creator spirits (usually counted as seven) known as the Elohim. Similarly, in the Popul Voh the creator is a blue-green plumed serpent, or “Quetzlcoatl,” comprised of SEVEN creator spirits.
In Tibet the Peacock Angel appears to be manifest as Amitibha, the peacock-riding dhyani buddha who sits upon his Peacock Throne in the heaven of Sukhavati and occasionally takes a physical incarnation as the King of the World in legendary Shambhala, the land of immortals that flies the Peacock Flag. According to one legend, the Peacock Angel not only spread his colors around the globe but additionally merged his spirit with that of the Earth and became the world soul. Thus, his physical body is the Earth and his will is reflected in the actions of all creatures that live upon the face of the Earth.
The Hopis know the Peacock Angel as their Masaw, the King of the World during this era of the Fourth World. According to their tradition, Masaw, whom the Hopis address as the “Great Spirit,” was ruler of the Third World but then fell from grace because of his pride. He subsequently lost his position as planetary ruler but was then reinstated to that exalted office at the beginning of the Fourth World.
In the history of the Hopis it is said that they came from the East by “island hopping” across the Pacific. It appears that they may have acquired their knowledge of the Peacock Angel as Masaw during the earliest years of their existence in the East.
The Peacock Angel figures prominently in the Holy Grail legends as the primal Fisher King. This is most evident in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, where the seeker of the Holy Grail, Parzival, encounters the Fisher King Anfortas wearing a hat or crown of peacock feathers. Anfortas was the latest of a long line of Fisher Kings, each of whom reflected the Peacock Angel, the first and archetypal Fisher King, the primal Guardian and Embodiment of the Holy Grail. The power of the Holy Grail is the life force, the power wielded by the Fisher King. Through his life force power the Fisher King, who is thus a manifestation of the Green Man, would annually make his kingdom green with prolific vegetation.
The above is excerpted from http://www.greatdreams.com/blog/dee-blog60.html