IAS General Studies Prelims Question No. 35
"Yazidis", an ethno-religious group were making news recently. With this reference, consider the following statements:
- The Yazidis are monotheists.
- They live predominantly in northern Turkey.
- They are Arabic-speaking people
- While worshipping, they keep their face towards Mecca
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] Only 1
[B] Only 1 & 2
[C] Only 1, 2 & 3
[D] 1, 2, 3 & 4
First statement is correct. Second statement is incorrect because Yazidis live principally in northern Iraq. Third statement is incorrect because they are Kurdish speaking people. Fourth statement is incorrect because they worship with their faces towards Sun. They are unjustly referred to as "devil worshippers" by their Muslim and Christian neighbours sometimes. Their small community is mainly scattered across northwest Iraq, northwest Syria and southeast Turkey.