In fairness, the story of white people enslaving nations and destroying the planet isn't so much a piece of religious mythology as it is an accurate history of the world.
The Yazidi Worship The Peacock Angel (And Are Being Exterminated By ISIS)
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When you think about religion in the Middle East, you figure you'll run into Muslims, Jews and some Christians -- they're the ones always in the news, anyway. But sprinkled here and there you get colorful groups like the Yazidi, a group of Kurds who worship a spectacular bird angel, because their main god is simply too incredible to be addressed directly with prayer (picture a Miami Vice era Don Johnson diverting all of his fan mail to Phillip Michael Thomas to answer). There are about 700,000 Yazidi spread around the world, but the bulk of them live in Iraq. The faith is centered around a god called Yasdan, who's so amazing that humans can't worship him directly. There are seven lesser gods between Yasdan and his human followers, and he basically does a whole lot of delegation among those lesser gods to help him out with all the nitty-gritty. The most important of these lesser gods, the one who actually carries out Yasdan's will, is the Peacock Angel known as Malak Taus.
Seen here, peacocking.
Malak Taus is so important and revered that Yazidis pray to him five times a day. Unfortunately, Malak Taus' other name is Shaytan, which is Arabic for "devil." Like Satan in Christianity, Malak Taus / Shaytan fell from grace. However, unlike Satan, he was eventually forgiven. But this misunderstanding has led to other groups seeing Yazidis as devil worshipers, and unfortunately, one of those groups is ISIS. If you've read any of our series on ISIS, you know this shit is about to get dark. In addition to the many groups ISIS is currently fucking over, they've specifically targeted the Yazidi for eradication. And because ISIS is basically Matt Damon from School Ties with an endless supply of machine guns, the situation for the Yazidis in Iraq is very, very grim.
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For reference, this is the exact opposite of devil worshiping.
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