Being persecuted is a badge of honor for many religions, just as feeling persecuted is so intoxicating many of today’s sociopolitical movements. Victimhood paradoxically seems empowering, liberating, even divine — although much of the time it’s a diabolical grab for attention and influence.
The Archons must be laughing their sick asses off.
However, if there is one group that has truly been victimized for most of its modern history and is authentically close to divine, that would be the Yezidi. They are near extinction. If Jesus is right in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats — and we are defined by how we assisted the least of our brothers — then most of humanity deserves little mercy in ever transcending this world (something the ancient Gnostics contended and were probably right). The Yezidi persecution in the Middle East is a sin greater than blaspheming against the Holy Spirit for man, for this group is as close to representing Sophia as any in the annals of history.
I’m not here to rant too much on this injustice. While I am no Saddam, Bush, or ISIS, I’ve certainly fallen short many times in helping the least of my brothers. Speaking the information and some charity is the least I could do on any given bloody Sunday. With that said, a question I get often is whether the Yezidi are Gnostic.
I did mention representing Sophia, and I will make that case that the Yezidi are indeed Gnostic — leaning on the most of my brother’s insightful minds and their works: Tobias Churton, Gordon White, Sean Martin, and Andrew Phillip Smith.
The Yezidi Origins
Anything having to do with the Yezidi is hard to document. The movement is a very oral with few writings. Furthermore, and like the Mandaeans, their myths and theology have changed over the centuries to the point contradictions are not uncommon (kinda like the Bible). Making matters harder, Andrew writes in John the Baptist and the Last Gnostics:
To Western scholars, little seems certain about Yazidism. The supposed sacred texts of the Yazidis, which were translated from Kurdish and published early in the 20th century, appear to have been fakes invented to satisfy Western curiosity. That is, although they may represent Yazidi beliefs, they are not actually the sacred scriptures of the Yazidis. It seems that, also like the Mandaeans, Yazidis have often told outsiders what they want to hear.
Most scholars assume the Yezidi are a late Greco-Roman/early middle age culture, arriving from the Judeo-Christian stew in the Middle East that also produced the Kurds, Mandaeans, Manicheans, and Elkazites. Neoplatonism and Hermeticism influenced these movements as much as Abrahamic and Mesopotamian lore.
Still, in our interview on Gurdjieff, Tobias entertains a suspicion that the Yezidi are very ancient due to their theology and customs. In Star.Ships: A Prehistory of the Spirits, Gordon digs deeper and presents scholarship that their origins are old as well. He states their central god “came from a Neolithic buzzard cult that is a likely continuance of the ‘bird on a stick’ stone objects found at places such as Göbekli Tepe and nearby Çatalhöyük” and that “large amounts of Yezidi cosmology are actually Neolithic survivals.”
The Yezidi may not be the “father of all races” and have a Sumerian pedigree, as Aleister Crowley contended, but their origins may be even earlier.
As Gordon further writes in his book:
It can only really be said that three branches have survived from ancient times: Yezidism, Alevism and Yârsânism. All of them, however, past and present, share a fundamental belief in the existence of luminous angelic beings, numbering seven, that protect the universe from an equal number of dark beings who are the lords of matter. Similar to Hinduism, the cult is quite adaptive and universal, hybridising beings and philosophies encountered through either trade or migration, such as the transmigration of souls, emanatory creationism, Gnostic dual-ish-m and a cosmology that allows for the appearance on earth of world teachers such as Buddha, Jesus or Mohammed. The Yezidi branch even still retains vestiges of Mithraism, which is most noticeable in its festival calendar and corresponding rituals to do with perambulating bulls and communal feasting.
For us Gnostic-minded, it makes sense that the Archons would detest any remains of ancient Wisdom in a world they engineered for pure materialism and nihilism (and victimhood). The Yezidi just need to go, right Yaldabaoth?
Here is some of their Gnosis before Deep State eliminates any traces of esoteric wisdom from the internet(s):
Yezidi Gnostic pedigree
Gordon already gave us a taste of Yezidi theology; here are the Gnostic cornerstones that hold up Yezidism:
An Alien God (or Undocumented Deity): This transcendent entity may bestow information but does not directly enter the material affairs of the cosmos, much in the same vein as Abraxas or Bythos of the Classic Gnostics. As Gordon explains concerning the view of the Yezidi on their supreme being:
‘God’ is closer to a ‘universal spirit’ and there is a belief in the transmigration of souls, rapid reincarnation and then – at the end of the universe – the ‘complete’ humans rejoin this universal spirit.
Angels in the outfield: Angelic agencies managing (and often mismanage) the universe is exemplified in a primordial Gnostic myth and cosmology of Simon Magus. Sean writes in The Gnostics about the Yezidi main angel and mythological chieftain (perhaps an upgrade to that buzzard god Gordon mentioned):
Melek Tawus is revered by the Yezidis as the greatest of the angels and is known as the ‘Lord of this World’ and also as the ‘Peacock Angel’, and all earthly affairs are said to be under his influence. In Christianity, ‘the Lord of this World’ is none other than Lucifer, who is regarded as a fallen angel, as he is in Islam also.
You also just got a reason the Yezidi have been persecuted by Islam. Even H. P. Blavatsky foolishly called them “devil worshippers.” Moreover, as Andrew writes in John the Baptist and the Last Gnostics, Melek Tawus “is also called Iblis or Azazael, which are names for the devil in Islam.”
They are no Satanists. Sure, a Yezidi account has the Peacock Angel falling from heaven due to a transgression — but he repents, creates the world, and his tears are said to have extinguished the fires of Hell. That’s not a bad hombre, I would say, and this divine being might be closer to a good mujer. As Andrew further writes: “The similarity of Melek Taus to a hybrid Sophia and redeemed–redeemer figure suggests some affinity with Gnosticism.”
No trickle-down divinity: Like Classic Gnosticism, the Yezidi hold an emanation theology where divinity spreads out from the ground of being and ends with us in a world that is not truly our own. Going back to Sean’s book:
Their creation myths have a Gnostic flavour. In the beginning, God creates a white pearl from his own essence that contains all the elements that are to form the universe. He then – some versions say 40,000 years later – creates a Heptad of angels to rule over the world and makes Melek Tawus the chief amongst them. God then creates the seven heavens, the earth, the sun and the moon, and it is left to Melek Tawus to create human beings and all the animals. Each member of the Heptad has dominion over one of the four elements or the plant, animal and human realms; all the elements must be respected and not polluted in any way.
That ole time Gnosis: As Tobias states in our interview, Yezidism holds no true orthodoxy. Their ancient religion is held together by the mystic constitution of every member of the community. “Man must learn by knowledge and experience,” Tobias said, revealing how the concept of Gnosis is present in Yezidism. Supporting this, Andrew points out that the Yezidi Book of Revelation states: “I lead to the straight path without a revealed book. I direct aright my beloved and chose ones by unseen means.”
We roll with Seth: The Yezidi take spiritual kinship with Seth, the third son of Adam, seeing him as a patriarch of all enlightened people. This spiritual loyalty is similar to the Gnostic Sethians who saw themselves as “The Generation of Seth.”
The end of goodness
As mentioned before, it’s very difficult to pin down the Yezidi, and their push into extinction by Anglo-American machinations and Muslim intolerance has made it more difficult. But also as mentioned, there is a strong hint of Sophia in the Yezidi. Many scholars and anthropologists have been impressed at the group’s kindness, cleanliness and, yes, wisdom.
The Gnostics contended humans didn’t belong in this world. It appears the fierce Demiurge is close to ensuring the Yezidi leave the Milky Way forever. The problem is that this will also remove ancient revelations, contributing to that materialist, nihilistic world the Archons are close to completing, here in the Desert of the Real. Then we’ll all truly be victims.
If you include the Classic Gnostics, Manichaeans, Cathars, Bogomils, Sufis, and Mandaeans, you easily account for deaths in the million. In comparison to other minorities, that might not seem much to modern cynical sensibilities. Beyond the crime of lost innocent life, you have lost a million bright, pacifist souls that might have kindled an entire planet to awakening, such is the threat of the Gnostics to the rulers of any age.
This makes perfect sense, though. Destroy the Gnostics, the knowers, and the rest will fall into, as Jung said, the darkness of mere being. The machine is complete. The Peacock Angel and Sophia have been cast out.
This is the water. This is the well. These are the books to click to deeply grok Yezidism and Gnosticism:
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