on the Yezidis at Wikipedia
"The Yazidi worship Malak Ta'us, apparently a pre-Islamic peacock angel who
has fallen into disgrace. Malak Ta'us has links to Mithraism and, through
it, to Zoroastrianism. The Yazidi maintain a well-preserved culture, rich in
traditions and customs. In the region that is now Iraq, the Yazidi have been
oppressed and labeled as devil worshippers for centuries."
on the Yezidis at About.com
"In Yezidi cosmology, the universal Spirit (the Supreme deity) created a
pearl (Durre), which became broken after forty thousand years. Melek,
(Lucifer), used the remains of the pearl to create the material world. After
this creation, the Spirit created the remaining Angels. Yezidi theology
claims that Lucifer was forgiven for his transgressions, and those who
revere him are the spiritual elect of humanity. They are forbidden from
referring to him as Satan."
The Yezidi: the
Angelick Cultus in the Middle East
"It places Melek Ta'us at the head of the Haftan (Heptad), or seven angels
in charge of administering the world and the sacredness therein. Second, it
makes him protector of the Throne and Seat of God - the agent of the
Almighty. Third, it positions him within their creation myth, as the earth
symbolically rests between the horns of a Bull which stood on the back of a
writings on Catal Huyuk, where temples of vulture shamans have been
"To the ancients, death was a passage; a transition. The vulture was the
Goddess who could actually transmute flesh. She had chosen priestesses to
assist Her in this task."
"Indeed, various figurines of serpent-headed individuals found among Ubaid
graves in Lower Iraq have been used to support the contention that the
Anunnaki, or builder gods, of Sumerian and Akkadian mythology belonged to
this earlier culture. In one set of texts known as the Kharsag Tablets these
gods of heaven and earth are described as serpents, or to have eyes like
"In a way, everything in between, over some eleven novels and numerous short
stories can be seen as leading almost inevitably to this point: Storm's long
fascination with angels, mythology, the recurrent themes of magic and
sexuality, secret knowledge, dark and charismatic figures on the edge of
society and outside convention."
Fields of the Nephilim
"There's a particular kind of Old Testament fundamentalism in the Neph's
music. McCoy actually dug through Genesis and Numbers to discover the
Nephilim, the 'giants of the earth.' There are elements of scriptural
exegesis that don't get screamed at you by garden-variety televangelists or
even white picket fence Methodists. Neph lyrics prove the Bible a dangerous
and radical gnostic text, much weirder than anything Poe or Burroughs or
Kafka ever scribbled."
The Seven Angels,
- "Try to imagine, if you can, living for an eternity. Not five, six
hundred years. There are those whose names are famous for such feats. Comte
St. Germain. Nagarjuna. Cagliostro. Thousands of years. Suck here. Watching.
Waiting for something to happen. Living on the sheer faith that it will."
Dark Gift: The Truth
behind the Legends of the 'Fallen Angels'
"'The Watchers' (extra-terrestrial observers, perhaps?) became so sexually
aroused by human females that they could no
longer constrain themselves, but descended from the Heavens to Earth
(touching down on Mount Hermon), forfeiting their 'first estate'
forever, and enjoying the human females sexually so abundantly as to cause
fornication to become rampant despite the strict religious laws forbidding
same. Evidently these 'fallen angels' were so sexually unique from local
males as to be almost irresistible to the females of the area, thereby
incurring the 'wrath of God' upon them for having so
completely 'corrupted' such females and thereafter taking from among
them 'wives of all that they chose.'"