An Iraqi Yazidi woman visits a holy temple in the mountain village of Lalish. AFP PHOTO/ AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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At the Yazidi faith's most revered shrine at Lalish in northern Iraq, teenager Ezdan Omar closes his eyes, makes his wish and then hurls a cloth at the stone altar.Lalish lies in the mountains, some 60 km northeast of Iraq's militant-held second city Mosul, and the surrounding Yazidi towns and villages have so far escaped the attention of the jihadists.Its temple houses the tomb of the faith's most revered saint, Sheikh Adi, and every Yazidi is required to make the pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime.The temple has given sanctuary to both male and female "servants of the faith" who fled the bloody jihadist assault on Sinjar, which has revered temples of its own.In the nearby town of Sheikhan, Yazidi Cultural Center founder Eido Baba Sheikh said the faith is widely misunderstood.Eido said that Sheikh Adi, who lived in the 12th century, revived the Yazidi faith and its rituals.
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