Kurdish Studies

Ancient Rites and Old Religions in Kurdistan, Lokman Turgut, 2013. 

Ethnic, religious and linguistic groups with relatively well-attested written histories such as the Armenians, have more often been the subject of scholarly discussions, whereas Kurds and related religious and linguistic groups has scarcely been the subject of scholarly work. At the time when I was conducting interviews for my PhD thesis1, I came across traces of possibly old religions and various practices of them. In order to communicate these findings and to discuss the place of Kurdistan in the religious history of the Iranian civilisation, I present a discussion of ancient rites and old religions in Kurdistan under the following two titles: “Black Wednesday and Red Wednesday: Survivals in Kuridsh Tradition of Rites Marking Season Changes” and “The Shemsi and Old Religions in Kurdistan”.