Yazidis (also Êzidî in Kurdish) are an ethnic-religious community, whose members are mostly the Kurds from northern Iraq. According to history, the Yazidi religion is older than Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.
Yazidis believe in one god of the name “Chodaa”. This god supposedly created 7 angels. One of the angels named “Tausi Melek” or in Kurdish language “Tawsi Melek” (meaning the peacock king or angel) was tasked to create life on the Earth. Tawsi Melek came to the Earth for the first time in the form of a peacock. This peacock angel embodied the power and wisdom of God and thus he was ready to accomplish his task. Until today, the Yazidis believe, that without the angel Tawsi Melek, there would be no life on the Earth.
Yazidis also believe in four basic elements – earth, fire, air, and water. Without these elements, there would not be any life possible on the Earth. That is why many Yazidis wear a symbol of cross which represents these four elements.

In Iraqi Kurdistan, there is a shrine named Lalish (Lalis in Kurdish language). Lalis is approximately 4000 years old, the same as Yazidis. Lalis has two holy sources “Kaniya Sipi” and “Kaniya Zemzem”. There is a holy place under Lalis, Zemzem, which we already mentioned. From Zemzem comes the holy water which Yazidis use for baptism. Lalis is a holy place for all Yazidis. For every Yazidi, it is a dream to visit this holy place at least once in their lives.

The Yazidis were spreaded on the area from India to Mesopotamia in the past and there were about 70 millions of them. Yazidis lived on their territory peacefully until the arrival of the Muslims. After that, they started to be oppressed on the area of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kurdistan etc. Nowadays, there is just around 800 000 to 1 million of Yazidis. The majority of Yazidis in the EU live currently in Germany.

Lalish shrine