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The Yezidi Satanists

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posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 02:17 PM
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This is extremely interesting. Aparently Northern Iraq is the World capital of open Satanism. The Yezidi (who worship Satan in the form of the Peacock angel Melek Taus-though they consider "Satan" a derrogative name) have some interesting and weird shrines in this region:

www.freewebs.com...
www.angelfire.com...



They worship a “peacock god” known as Melek Taus, also known as Lucifer. To them Lucifer fell, but then was forgiven by God. Unfortunately, they are often oppressed by Muslims and called devil worshippers.

Here is an encyclopedia entry for them:

The Yezidi or Yazidi are adherents of a small Middle Eastern religion with ancient origins. They are primarily ethnic Kurds, and most Yazidis live in Iraq and Syria with smaller communities in Turkey and Armenia. There are also Yazidi refugees in Germany. The Yazidi worship Malak Ta’us, apparently a pre-Islamic peacock god with 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. During the reign of Saddam Hussein, however, they were considered to be Arabs and maneuvered to oppose the Kurds, in order to tilt the ethnic balance in northern Iraq. Since the 2003 occupation of Iraq, the Kurds want the Yazidi to be recognized as ethnic Kurds.

The Yazidi’s own name for themselves is Dasin. While folk etymology connects the religion to the Umayyad khalif Yazid I (680-683), the name Yazidi is actually most likely derived from the Pahlavi (Middle Persian) word "yezd," meaning angel, probably in reference to Malak Ta’us.

Religion
Yazidi faith contains elements of Zoroastrianism, Manicheism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Gnostic and local pre-Islamic beliefs. It might have originally been based on the original religion of the Kurds. In about 1162, Sheikh Adii Ibn Mustafa radically reformed the religion, so that some believe the previous form was a different religion from current belief. Different clans may also have different interpretations.

According to the Yazidi, Malak Taus is a fallen peacock angel who repented and recreated the world that had been broken. He filled seven jars with his tears and used them to quench the fire in Hell. Although primarily a monotheistic religion, Yezidism also includes minor deities and some clans venerate Sheikh Adii as a saint, subservient to Malak Ta’us.

The Yazidi holy books are the Book of Revelation and the Black Book. The latter forbids eating of lettuce or butter beans and wearing of dark blue. The historical status of the book is questionable.

Yazidi are exclusive and do not reveal most of their secrets to the uninitiated. The twice-daily prayer services must not be performed in the presence of outsiders, and are always performed in the direction of the sun. Wednesday is the holy day but Saturday is the day of rest. There is also a three-day fast in December.

The most important ritual is the annual six-day pilgrimage to the tomb of Sheikh Adii in Lalish, north of Mosul, Iraq. During the celebration, Yazidi bathe in the river, wash figures of Malak Ta’us and light hundreds of lamps in the tombs of Sheikh Adii and other saints. They also sacrifice an ox, which is one reason they have been connected to Mithraism.


Population and marriage customs
Historically, the Yazidis are a religious minority of the Kurds. Purportedly, they have existed since 2,000 B.C.. Estimates of the number of Yazidis vary between 100.000 and 800.000. The latter is the claim of their website. According to the same site, refugees in Germany number 30.000.

Feleknas Uca, a German Member of the European Parliament for the Party of Democratic Socialism is the world's only Yazidi parliamentarian.

Yazidi are dominantly monogamous but chiefs may have more than one wife. Children are baptized at birth and circumcision is common but not required. Dead are buried in conical tombs immediately after death and buried with hands crossed.

Yazidi are exclusive. Yazidi clans do not intermarry even with other Kurds and accept no converts. They claim that they are descended only from Adam. The strongest punishment is expulsion, which is also effectively excommunication because the soul of the exiled is forfeit.

Accusations and stereotypes
As a demiurge figure, Malak Ta’us is often identified by orthodox Muslims as a shaytan, a Muslim term denoting a devil or demon who deceives true believers, causing them to assign partners to Allah. Thus, the Yezidi have been accused of devil worship. Because of this and due to their pre-Islamic beliefs, they have been oppressed by their Muslim neighbors and the Ottoman Empire.

Due to their alleged connection to the Devil, in modern times the Yazidi have been accused of Satanism (like the Process Church of the Final Judgment). As a distant religious belief, many non-Yazidi people have written about them, and ascribed facts to their beliefs that have dubious historical validity. For example, horror writer H. P. Lovecraft made a reference to "... the Yezidi clan of devil-worshippers" in his short story "The Horror at Red Hook". The Yezidis have also been claimed as an influence on Aleister Crowley's Thelema.




Here's a quick wikipedia article on them:

en.wikipedia.org...

from Alt religions:
altreligion.about.com...

Some quick info on this figure they worship:

www.baghdadmuseum.org...
www.whiterosesgarden.com...

Pictures of Melek Taus:








Many pagan elements (primarily Mithraic religion and old Iranian fire worship, mandaeism, manichaen elements) are present in their beliefs. Here is a smuggled copy of their "holy" book (they deny it's theirs, but most scholars claim it's the real deal and they don't want it out):

altreligion.about.com...

Scary stuff, these people openly worship Satan, it's the real deal (Lalesh is said to be haunted by Kurds, Sunnis, Shiites, and US soldiers alike, the place is pretty frightening). On a side note, eating lettuce is a taboo in their society (lol!! )


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posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 02:28 PM
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Thank you for posting this story. I find this information to be highly interesting.


Does anyone on ATS know a member of this group?

-- Boat



posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 02:38 PM
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Very interesting..... Ithink it is a facinating story/ non-fiction....


Good research

[edit on 01/12/2006 by isisinanna]



posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 02:48 PM
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This is very interesting, I would be interested to know if anyone, also, is a member of theis religion and also a member of this site.
If there are some, would that say so? I wonder.


history is full of religions that worshipped a 'Dark' entity rather than a 'Light' entity.

Their fear and respect of Nature's powers and abilities to give adn take away was part of the basis for all religions, Nature was a BIG part of ancient man & woman's life and death.



posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 02:53 PM
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I need to add something here. Several of the articles state that the Yezidi were subject to severe persection, it is important to add though that when these people were in the majority and the "high side" they were of very well known cruelty. It's easy to overlook that.



posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 04:10 PM
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Interesting thread, Nakash. This is from the link you posted, which is the supposed text of their "Black Book":



altreligion.about.com...

Then he commanded Gabriel to escort Adam into Paradise, and to tell him that he could eat from all the trees but not of wheat. Here Adam remained for a hundred years. Thereupon, Melek Tâ'ûs asked God how Adam could multiply and have descendants if he were forbidden to eat of the grain. God answered, "I have put the whole matter into thy hands." Thereupon Melek Tâ'ûs visited Adam and said "Have you eaten of the grain?" He answered, "No, God forbade me." Melek Tâ'ûs replied and said, "Eat of the grain and all shall go better with thee." Then Adam ate of the grain and immediately his belly was inflated. But Melek Tâ'ûs drove him out of the garden, and leaving him, ascended into heaven. Now Adam was troubled because his belly was inflated, for he had no outlet. God therefore sent a bird to him which pecked at his anus and made an outlet, and Adam was relieved.

At last the mystery of Adam's anus is revealed.
No wonder they wanted to keep this book secret.

Seriously though, this book says that their god, Melek Taus, was trying to do right, but screwed up or became evil, and then tried to apologize. They do not seem to be satanists although they acknowledge that name as one which others use when speaking of their god.

This part about their group's origin was also interesting:



In every thousand years one of the seven gods descends to establish rules, statutes, and laws, after which he returns to his abode. While below, he sojourns with us, for we have every kind of holy places. This last time the god dwelt among us longer than any of the other gods who came before him. He confirmed the saints. He spoke in the Kurdish language. He also illuminated Mohammed, the prophet of the Ishmaelites, who had a servant named Mu‘âwiya, When God saw that Mohammed was not upright before him, he afflicted him with a headache. The prophet then asked his servant to shave his head, for Mu‘âwiya knew how to shave. He shaved his master in haste, and with some difficulty. As a result, he cut his head and made it bleed. Fearing that the blood might drop to the ground, Mu‘âwiya licked it with his tongue. Whereupon Mohammed asked, "What are you doing, Mu‘âwiya?" He replied, "I licked thy blood with my tongue, for I feared that it might drop to the ground." Then Mohammed said to him, "You have sinned, O Mu‘âwiya, you shall draw a nation after you. You shall oppose my sect." Mu‘âwiya answered and said, "Then I will not enter the world; I will not marry!'

It came to pass that after some time God sent scorpions upon Mu‘âwiya, which bit him, causing his face to break out with poison. Physicians urged him to marry lest he die. Hearing this, he consented. They brought him an old woman, eighty years of age. in order that no child might be born. Mu‘âwiya knew his wife, and in the morning she appeared a woman of twenty-five, by the power of the great God. And she conceived and bore our god Yezid. But the foreign sects, ignorant of this fact, say that our god came from heaven, despised and driven out by the great God. For this reason they blaspheme him. In this they have erred. But we, the Yezidi sect, believe this not, for we know that he is one of the above-mentioned seven gods. We know the form of his person and his image. It is the form of a cock which we possess. None of us is allowed to utter his name, nor anything that resembles it, such as šeitân (Satan), kaitân (cord), šar (evil), šat (river), and the like. Nor do we pronounce mal‘ûn (accursed), or la‘anat (curse), or na‘al (horseshoe), or any word that has a similar sound. All these are forbidden us out of respect

They seem to speak of "heaven" as being created by the Supreme God, which is not the peacock-ian god they worship. That's just one of the seven or six (?) "gods" which Big God created.

I wonder what "saints" are being spoken of here, and which their god confirmed?

Interesting how they believe that their line came about so as to oppose Muslims? I wonder if this means they will play some role in the continuing middle east drama?



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More to study:

www.antiqillum.com...





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posted on Jan, 15 2006 @ 07:55 PM
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I know, it's very funny
, thing is they often change bits and pieces to keep people from finding out what they believe in, nevertheless that "black book" (macabre name for an actually fairly innocent document) is their actual holy book. It was delivered by a Yezidi who became a Roman Catholic before he died. They consider the real God to be distanced from creation, and Melek Taus to be the pragmatic functional "God". They aren't really polytheists from what Ive researched though, they just have a complex angeology (mixed with beliefs in reincarnation, etc. which are of Eastern origin and the old Indo-European paganisms). They also have another "holy book" which I'm attempting to find a link to (very similar to this one, but with a little other material). Something interesting- there's a big Yezidi community in Germany from what Ive read.

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posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 04:54 PM
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The gods of one religion become the demons (or saints if they are too stubbornly clung to) of another. Not surprisingly, the ancient Hebrews depicted the competing gods of the regions surrounding them as demons (and lumpiing them all together as satans). I wouldn't be surprised to find YHWH was a demon in someone else's religion.



posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 06:23 PM
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Sorry bro, but this was no "lumping" the Hebrews correctly saw figures such as Hadad and Melqart (the surrounding Canaanite Gods) as demons since they were derived from pre-diluvian Cherubim worship (or just as bad- the Nimrod period of Babylon in which the aformentioned crowned himself as a human God along with his wife- a mockery of Christianity if I may add). Why do you think Moses condemned his people to 40 years in the wilderness as punishment? For worshipping gold cows? That's forbidden Cherubim worship, which is something God seem's to hate tremendously according to scriptures.



posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 06:38 PM
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This religion seems to have many parallels to ancient Gnosticism.

The dualist view and interpretation of creation myths are slightly similar. Very interesting, although I doubt they worship the mainstream concept of Satan.

As far as I can tell they are simply using the label "Satan" to describe a very different concept than the common concept of Satan. In other words, just because they claim to worship Satan, does not mean they worship the Judeo-Christian concept of Satan.

Inverencial Peace,
Akashic

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posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 10:51 PM
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Originally posted by Nakash
Sorry bro, but this was no "lumping" the Hebrews correctly saw figures such as Hadad and Melqart (the surrounding Canaanite Gods) as demons since they were derived from pre-diluvian Cherubim worship


Apology accepted. Now apologize for spreading fairy tales as if they were fact.



posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 11:08 PM
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We have two different views on how history and archaeology play out. Example: you automatically would view the Biblical description of the Hittites and their very existence as a baloney fairy tale 15 years ago. Now you and your buddies accept it as fact. Likewise I will be proven right soon in these matters. In fact you need not wait- the vast catalogue of religious tradition and custom in our world points to a Catastrophist explanation of history. Pick up a copy of the Golden Bough and you will see a common source. That source is in my firm opinion described in the bible.

On a side note, the Yezidi have strong roots in Gnostic theology, particularly Zoroastrian spinoffs such as Mithraism. Their concept of Satan is very similar in most aspects to Judaeo-Christian tradition though, and they are known to be adepts in Witchraft in the middle east (if you can find one outside the Lalesh area- they are treated as "untouchables" by Arabs, those that leave aren't accepted back in. As I mentioned, many immigrate to Germany and Europe for a better life, Turkey also has a large Yezidi pop.).

Pic of Yezidi Granny and kid cute





The Yezidi have many concepts found in Hinduism as well (they, like the Zoroastrians were a "point" religion between the East and West, they are very likely to preserve ancient pagan customs and theology, in fact the Mithraic Bull sacrifice is still held by the Yezidi).

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posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 02:49 AM
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Interesting read thanks for the links and topic Nakash.

If that photo is of a Yezidi Granny?i thought that blue was forbidden?

Waiting for a Constantine type movie to be made around this.

With the peacock symbol of Satan i could`nt help but think of NBC.





posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 09:32 AM
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Originally posted by Nakash
We have two different views on how history and archaeology play out. Example: you automatically would view the Biblical description of the Hittites and their very existence as a baloney fairy tale 15 years ago.


15 years ago archaeology gave the Bible the benefit of the doubt on historical issues, just like it does today. It takes significant evidence to overturn Biblical history. Although, that bias has begun to break down in recent years to some degree.

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posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 11:36 AM
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Fascinating that you would make a thread about this. I've been reading up on them recently. I'll try to provide some papers on them.



Originally posted by Nakash
Scary stuff, these people openly worship Satan, it's the real deal

There's a great deal of controversy on exactly what it is that they worship. They've been persecuted by the muslims in the region for a long time, and like many such groups, they've gone underground; their religion is secretly guarded, and what most accounts have of it have to be taken with a grain of salt. They're certianly not a dangerous people.

On a side note, eating lettuce is a taboo in their society

This is actually a common prohobition amoung the older religions of that region.

, it is important to add though that when these people were in the majority and the "high side" they were of very well known cruelty

What is your basis for that statement?

As for their holy book, its questionable as to whether they infact really have one. Apparently, muslims give special status to jews and christians as 'peopel of the book', and the yezidi are looked down upon for having oral supperstitions, rather than a holy book, so they might've put one together for that purpose, or raised the status of a prayer book. They have too books infact.

mixed with beliefs in reincarnation, etc. which are of Eastern origin and the old Indo-European paganisms

Problem here is that they aren't an indo-european peoples. They're thought by many to infact by the original assyrians.

which is something God seem's to hate tremendously according to scriptures

Yes and no. He ordered his preists to trick the baal preists into a meeting, and then murdered them all and tore down the temple. But at the same time he did nothing to the Asherah preists. He seemed to be eliminating baal, as a competitor, whereas asherah fits in nicely as a consort. The worship of these other gods is pretty common amoung the hebrews too.


in fact the Mithraic Bull sacrifice is still held by the Yezidi)

Bull sacrifice pre-dates mithraism.


There is also contrversy on just what 'malik taus' is. The words mean king cock, or king peacock, or angel peacock, malik can mean king or angel.

The yezidis also worship the mausoleum of Sheik Addi, who apparently is taken as another figure between the yezidis, malik taus, and the supreme creator.

The yezidis in some regions apparently venerate or worship the sun, they'll rise before dawn, prostrate themselves before the rising sun, and even kiss the sunshine as it appears on walls. Apparently they also wear stone jewelry, which is rare, and have something like assyrian cylinder seals also.


Their religion is very complex, and it reminds me, in some ways, of the Unitarians of the levant (the 'druze') but this might just be because they've had to 'islamisize' their religion.


spamandham
The gods of one religion become the demons

Its apparently not as simple as that. According to some accounts, they recognize their god as 'the evil one', they won't say 'shaitan', because its the name of god.



posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 11:58 AM
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  • www.savefile.com... - A study of the Yezidi from the mid 1800's
  • www.savefile.com... - Yezidi Texts
  • www.savefile.com... - Yezidi Texts continued
  • www.savefile.com... - A Yezidi Rite
  • www.savefile.com... - New Yezidi Texts from Beled Sinjar Iraq.pdf


    Interest in these people seems to have fallen off in modern times. There are yezidi also in russia, they fled there to avoid muslim persecution. There are actually a lot of secretive suppressed religions that appear, on the surface, to be islamic, in the middle east.



  • posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 12:20 PM
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    Facinating Indeed !!
    But going through the wikipedia article which I find the most balanced of the lot that are presented, I arrived at the conclusion that these Ezidi, as they are called, are infact a mideval paganists rather than Satanists. From the wikipedia:


    In the Yazidi worldview, God created the world, which is now in the care of a Heptad of seven Holy Beings, often known as Angels or heft sirr (the Seven Mysteries). Pre-eminent among these is Malak Ta’us (Tawûsê Melek in Kurdish), the Peacock Angel, who is equated with Satan or Devil by some Muslims and Christians. "The reason for the Yazidis reputation of being devil worshipers, is connected to the other name of Malak Ta'us, Shaytan, the same name as the Koran's for Satan."

    Yazidis believe that Malak Ta’us is not a source of evil or wickedness. They consider him as the leader of the archangels, not a fallen angel. Also they say that the source of evil is in the heart and spirit of humans themselves, not in Malak Ta’us. The active forces in their religion are Malak Ta’us and Sheik Adii. The "Kitêba Cilwe" (Book of Illumination) which claims to be the words of Malak Ta’us, and which presumably represents Yazidi belief, states that he allocates responsibilities, blessings and misfortunes as he sees fit and that it is not for the race of Adam to question him.

    Seems pretty reasonable to me. Also I would think that this religion would predate/same period as Islam and Christianity and was widespread in that region. Thus the latter religions of Islam and Christianity (maybe the Jews too) saw them as a threat and saw to it that this religion was associated with the devil making people believe that these people were wicked. This might have helped christianity and islam gain more followers.



    posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 12:56 PM
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    Originally posted by Nygdan
    Its apparently not as simple as that. According to some accounts, they recognize their god as 'the evil one', they won't say 'shaitan', because its the name of god.


    From the first link,

    "Yazidis believe that Malak Ta’us is not a source of evil or wickedness. They consider him as the leader of the archangels, not a fallen angel. Also they say that the source of evil is in the heart and spirit of humans themselves, not in Malak Ta’us. "

    From the second link,

    "Worship centers around Angels (Malek is from the Arabic word for 'angel'), the most important of which is named Melek Taus, or the "Peacock Angel," also known as Lucifer. Lucifer plays a different role in Yezidism, where he is considered the chief Archangel, and the creator of the material world. In Yezidi belief, Lucifer is not a fallen angel, or the enemy of God."

    These are consistent with the third, and fourth links as well. The god in their religion is a demon in Judaism (and hence Christianity and Islam).

    How accurate are these links? I don't know, but the idea of divine eminance is consistent with Sufi mysticism, so I suspect they are reasonably accurate.

    I happened across this quote purportedly from Isya Joseph in his book "Devil Worship The Sacred Books and Traditions of the Yezidiz" (p.155)

    "It is interesting to note that, in the history of religion, the god of one people is the devil of another."

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    posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 01:25 PM
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    I have come across another wonderful site on the Yezidiz, including their entire book, customs and other stuff that they do.
    I think it is the only link on the net that is this comprehensive.
    The Sacred Books and Traditions of the Yezidiz



    posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 03:43 PM
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    Spamandham, in the first paper I link to, it is discussed that the yezidi don't say the name of shaitan, apparently because its considered blasphemy. Whether this is more 'arabizing', we don't know. Its also reported therein that a prominent yezidi said somethign like 'why not worship the evil one, everyone else ignores and curses him, when the end of the world occurs, he will favour us, because we alone have worshipped him.". But, agian, these people are very cryptic about their beleifs, and provide disinformation deliberately (and understandably).

    Amoung the zoroasterians, I beleive, there is ahurmazda, the supreme good, and ahriman, a material 'bad'. 'King Cock' might be something like ahriman, and its not so terribly strange to think that some sects would worship ahriman. Of course, the idea of worshipping 'the devil' would be different, the devil being the 'father of lies' and a 'purely hateful, evil, and abominable' thing, different from an 'evil god' perhaps.


    IAF101
    I think it is the only link on the net that is this comprehensive.

    But, again, I caution, these are a people that have had to deal with extreme pressure from the dominating muslims. The earlier accounts note that they do not have any holy book, and that the muslims in part despise them for this (or justify their despising them through that). Notice also that the sacred book is in arabic, a foreign language to the ostensibly kurdish yezidi, and that only their preists (and, I beleive, 'singers' of their prayers or some such) speak arabic, usually just enough to say the prayers.
    IOW, this is, patently, part of their hiding. How much of it is true is another matter.
    Also, recall that only the initiated are given their full religion, the laity are kept, so to speak, in the dark.



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