Zoroastrianism in Kurdistan



The advent of Zoroastrianism in Kurdistan is lost in time. THE Zoroastrians of Kurdistan, also known as Yazidis, march annually to Kizkapan on the 21st Kharmanan. Torch in hand, they walk to the cave which holds the shrine of Daiko, the founder of the Mir State and the grand sire of the great Kai-Khushroo of the Meadean Empire. At the end of the march, they reiterate their pledge to uphold the tenets of love and co-existence which they believe to be the central tenets of their faith — Zoroastrianism.

They re-pledge their love to Ahura Mazda, to Zardast (as they call Zoroaster), to each other (as you see the cute re-pledging of her love by the lady in the video to her husband) and to all humanity. This day of the renewal of the pledge is called the feast of promise.

As they reiterate their commitment to love and peaceful co-existence the Zoroastrians of Kurdistan hold fire in their palms, as seen in the video.

The march and the feast are celebrated to spread the message of peaceful coexistence to all humanity.

The Zoroastrians of Kurdistan have been targeted by many Muslims (including the advancing militants overrunning Iraq in the present day) as heretical devil worshippers. Over the centuries these Zoroastrians have faced the possibility of genocide many many times.

Iraq has an estimated 500,000 Zoroastrians. They fear the end of their people and their religion under the present circumstances in Iraq. “Sinjar is (hopefully not was) home to the oldest, biggest, and most compact Yazidi community,” says Khanna Omarkhali, a Yazidi scholar at the University of Göttingen. “Extermination, emigration, and settlement of this community will bring tragic transformations to the Yazidi religion,” she adds.

The Zoroastrians of Kurdistan, the Yazidis, though considered Zoroastrians, differ in some of their beliefs. They believe in God as the creator of the world and are monotheists; but they further believe that God placed his creation under the care of seven holy beings or angels lead by the chief of angels, Malik Taus (the Peacock Angel), Malik Taus as ruler of the world causes good and bad to befall humanity. This ambivalence in his character is reflected in myths of his fall from grace and tearful reconciliation with his Maker.

While the Yazidi faith is often believed to be a form of Zoroastrianism, with its light/dark duality and sun worship (their shrines are decorated with the sun and graves lie eastward towards the rising sun); recent studies indicate that they share many elements with Islam and Christianity. In fact, the name they call themselves, ‘Daasin’ (‘Dawasin’ in plural), is the name of an old Nestorian Diocese (an ancient Christian Church from the East).

About DCooper

Check Also

fire temple installation of Aatash behram

Installing Fire in a Zoroastrian Place of Worship

Installing the ‘Aatash Behram’ in the Sanctum Sanctorum of a Fire Temple. Installing the fire …


  1. How much of an exciting piece of writing, continue creating companion

  2. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Safari. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the issue solved soon. Kudos

    • Juan, I had the problem checked. My techs say its alright. Are the articles still running off the page?
      Do let me know.


  3. Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve truly loved browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing for your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

    • Dear Jonah,
      It will be wonderful to learn what you see in our blog over a period of time. Thank you for your present comment. keep in touch.


  4. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  5. Hello. fantastic job. I did not expect this. This is a excellent story. Thanks!

  6. hello there and thank you for your information – I have definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise several technical issues using this site, since I experienced to reload the site many times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I am adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot more of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

  7. I have been examinating out a few of your articles and i can state pretty nice stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your website.

  8. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.