A Yazidi girl enters the temple in Lalish, Iraq, the Yazidi holy sanctuary. Tens of thousands of the Iraqi minority sect have been displaced after being attacked by the Islamic State militant group. They are spilling across northern Iraq - sleeping in fields, cars and abandoned buildings - but at least they are safe. Image by Sebastian Meyer. Iraq, 2014.

Displaced Yazidis who had escaped to Mount Sinjar finally find refuge in their holy sanctuary of Lalish.

The Yezidi holy temple in Lalish

The Yezidi holy temple in Lalish

Eric Lafforgue, Yazidi Woman Standing In Front Of Olive Oil Jars, Temple City Of Lalesh, Kurdistan, Iraq

Amporae of holy oil are stored in the bottom of the temple. As well as being used in ceremonies, it is also used in lamps to keep the eternal flame burning.

Lalish, 1909. Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University

Lalish, 1909. Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University

Yazidi Temple back in the day. Kurdistan

Yazidi Temple back in the day.

Sheikh Adi, inner court, Shrine of Sheikh Adi, founder of the Yezidi faith. Black snake carved and painted by door, carvings on wall, May 1909, Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University

Shrine of the founder of the Yezidi faith, with a black snake carved and painted by the door. Photographed in May 1909


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