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Title: Changes in the Oral Trasition of the Yezidis of Iraqi Kurdistan
Author(s): SPÄT, Eszter
Journal: Journal of Kurdish Studies
Volume: 5    Date: 2003-2004   
Pages: 73-83
DOI: 10.2143/JKS.5.0.578756

Abstract :
The religion of the Yezidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority of the Middle East, has been shaped out troughout the centuries by its oral nature. The absence of written texts and a vital oral tradition in its place have made both the transmission and the system of the Yezidis' faith markedly different from that of the scriptural religions. However, in the past decades, this oral tradition has undergone a fundamental change, gradually turning into a written one, and as a result the religion of the Yezidis is entering a new phase, one that is likely to bring about a radical transformation, and change both the structure and actual content of a faith that has retained many ancient motifs throughout the centuries.

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