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Most Yezidi shrines are instantly recognized by their distinctive fluted spires. The shrines have been built and rebuilt over the ages at special locales honoring revered historical persons or spiritual angels. Sometimes they are found near natural objects such as trees or rocks or springs which have taken on special, often curative, meanings. The shrines serve as places for spiritual renewal and focal points for the community to gather; and, they reinforce much of the inherent strength of the Yezidian society

The Yezidis have an entire vocabulary that distinguishes shrines, holy places, and holy objects. For this collection of photographs I am comfortable using the term “shrine,” or “qub.”

(Because of the current situation I am refraining from giving locations of the shrines, all of which are in Iraq [except one]. R. Leutheuser, September 2014)
Meleke Tawus Pir Awra (2009)Dekachak "nishan" (2014)Pir Korbakir at "Picuk Lalish" (2009)Replastering Sheikh Ali Shemsa during tawaaf (2012)Sheikh Qurish in the Spring (2014)Resting in the Shadows of SheikhQurish (2014)Sheikh Xatuna Faqra (2012)"Nishan" in Spring Grasses (2014)Shrines (2012)Mejewar in Sherif al din Shrine (2012)Holy Cloth Inside Sherif al din Shrine (2014)Sheikh Chilmira (2012)Sheikh Amadin Shemsa (2014)Qoba Sheikh Adi (2009)Sheikh Barakat (2014)Mejewar and Wife inside of Sheikh Shems (2014)Sheikh Xali Shemsa (2012)Sheikh Shems (2008)Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gitani (2012)"Nishan" Shirey Sheikh Shems and Pira Fat (2014)

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Iraq
Keywords:Ezidi, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurds, Robert Leutheuser, Shingal, Sinjar, Sinjar Mountain, Yazidi, Yezidi, Yezidi shrines