Ancient Mythology and Kurds. Ararat Or Judy?       Latif Mammad     The Kurds, as the ancient inhabitants of Mesopotamia, are directly related to the spiritual heritage that had been accumulating for thousands of years, enriched and subsequently flowed into the spiritual treasury of humanity. The Kurdish people,during a long...

Desperately Seeking Full-Time Kurdologists     Prof. M. Izady     A most important first step in launching the field of Kurdish studies is the creation of a cadre of area studies scholars and academics whose primary interests are Kurds. Thus far it has been the Turkologist, Arabist, Armeniologist or Iranist...

Historian and author Etem Xemgîn, who is known for his work on Alevism, Mazdaism and Zoroastrianism recently passed away. His rich research included in-depth work on socio-economic structures, traditions and customs among the Kurds. Similar to other communities in the region, the historically oppressed Alevi...

"Kotel" is a funeral procession when ahead of the funeral procession a horse is with armour and clothing of the deceased. Those who distinguished bravery, fortitude, courage, military valour, as well as honorary members of the tribe  was awarded with such an honour. It's a...

Soviet policy towards its Kurds fluctuated and remained fragmented, ambivalent, and inconsistent throughout the existence of the USSR. On one hand, the Soviet government provided for the material and cultural development of Kurds in Armenia and Azerbaijan during the 1920s and 1930s. On the other...

Horses in the Kurdish lifestyle has always held a special place. And in grief, and in joy is almost impossible to imagine the life of a Kurd without a horse. At weddings, its mandatory part is equestrian competitions - "Jrid", horse racing, running "Teraten", on...

The values that format the life styles can be called mixtures of customs and beliefs. Culture is not only something we live upon, also things worth we live for. Also cultural inheritance since the beginning of human history, in order to live better quality life,...

Alexandra Tolstaya was recalled to Igdir to fulfil the next task. It was decided to send her as part of a small detachment to the city of Van, where the Armenian-Kurdish massacre recently broke out. A thousand and two hundred Kurds, who miraculously survived the...