A Dictionary of All Religions and Religious Denominations/Jasideans
*JASIDEANS, or JESDAEANS, a wandering, ferocious tribe, who frequent the Gordian mountains and the deserts of Curdistan, in Persia. Their priests and rulers are clothed in black, and the rest in white garments. Their religion seems composed of some fragments of christianity, mingled with their ancient pagan superstitions. They pay especial marks of respect, if not worship, to the evil genius, whom they call Carubin or Cherubin, and consider him as one of the chief ministers of the great and good supreme Being, the chief object of their worship, and whose name in the Persian language is Jazid or Jesdan, from which their denomination is probably derived.
- Mosheim, vol. iv. p. 270.