Hola Hola Tawusi Melek, Hola Hola Şehidêt Şingalê: Persecution and the Development of Yezidi Ritual Life

  title={Hola Hola Tawusi Melek, Hola Hola Şehid{\^e}t Şingal{\^e}: Persecution and the Development of Yezidi Ritual Life},
  author={Eszter Sp{\"a}t},
Holidays and associated rituals have always played a crucial role in Yezidi religious life. The attack of ISIS on Yezidis and the subsequent displacement of more than half the community has had a profound impact on the way these holidays can be celebrated. The fact that the Sinjari Yezidi community has lost access to its sacred landscape, which is the traditional focus of much ritual activity, as well as a semi-official ban on any public form of rejoicing at a time of mourning, constitute a… 
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