More about the Peacock Angel
Future Prophecy of the Peacock Angel
Yezidi prophecy maintains that Tawsi Melek will come back to Earth as a peacock or rainbow during a time of intense conflict, poverty, famine and distress on the Earth. He will then transmit some prayers to a holy man, probably a Faqir, who will then take them around the Earth and give them to representatives of all religions.
The Peacock Angel Today
The Yezidis believe that Tawsi Melek is every place in the universe at every moment. He is, therefore, always available for support and protection to anyone who sincerely calls upon him. His greatest worshippers, the Yezidis, call upon his assistance to help meet all their needs.
To those who call upon him with great devotion, Tawsi Melek may manifest in a variety forms, including a bright light, a rainbow, a boy, a young man, a snake, and, of course, a peacock. He also will appear on occasion so his worshippers can remain secure regarding his existence. One of his most recent appearances of this sort occurred following a skirmish between the Yezidis and Turkish Moslems, when Tawsi Melek decided to appear to not to a Yezidi, but to one of the Moslem Turks so that all people would believe in his existence. During his appearance, Tawsi Melek “bid the bewildered man to go and tell the people that a big war was brewing, but that no harm would come on the heads of his people, the Yezidis, who would emerge from the conflagration unscathed.”
Although he is the eternal ruler of Earth, during the Yezidis New Year Tawsi Melek designates one of the six Great Angels to represent him as ruler for the coming year, so there is always guidance and protection coming from all the Seven Great Angels.
Is the Peacock Angel the Devil?
The Peacock Angel has been falsely accused of being Satan or the Devil for hundreds of years by censuring Moslems. But their distortion of his true nature was not made popular until the 18th century, so it appears that during earlier times Moslems may have had an entirely different view of the Peacock Angel. Unfortunately, Tawsi Melek is currently stuck in today’s world with the Devil banner.
It appears that the initial distortion regarding Tawsi Melek may have been generated by an Islamic defamation crusade against the Yezidis, initiated by the Moslem view that the Yezidis are not “People of the Book,” meaning that there is no revealed scripture at the center of their religion. In truth, Meshefê Re, the Yezidis “Black Book,” was written when Tawsi Melek first came to Earth and existed down to the time of a series of wars with the Turkish Moslems, when most of it was lost. The book was very thick with a black color, and embossed with red and gold.
The Moslems’ slanderous misunderstanding of Tawsi Melek appears to have gained momentum when certain Moslem leaders took some small aspect or characteristic of the Peacock Angel and related it to their conception of Satan. For example, Tawsi Melek is recognized by the Yesidis to be king of the entire universe, including Earth, but over the centuries both Moslems and Christians have ascribed Luciferian connotations to the “King of the World.” Moreover, the Yezidis belief that Tawsi Melek was the co-creator of the universe with the Supreme God could have inspired a dualistic Islamic philosopher to misconstrue him as an eternally separate and opposite spirit from God. Since God is eternally good, according to Islamic philosophy, this would automatically make Tawsi Melek the Evil One.
Here is a list of allegations against Tawsi Melek that have been part of the Moslems’ attempt to convince the world of his Satanic nature:
The Moslems maintain that one of Tawsi Melek’s names is Azazel, a name of Satan.
Truth: The alternate name for Tawsi Melek they refer to is not Azazel, but Aziz, a name meaning “something precious.”
The Yezidis honor the goat because it is Satan’s (Tawsi Melek’s) sacred animal.
Truth: The Yezidis honor the goat because, like the Hindus’ cow, it sacrifices itself and supplies many of their needs. It gives them milk, wool, etc.
The Peacock Angel was in the Garden of Eden and because of his pride he refused God’s order to bow to Adam. This show of pride caused the fall of Lucifer and established an eternal enmity between God and the Peacock Angel.
Truth: In the Yezidi tradition it is indeed stated that the Peacock Angel was present in the Garden of Eden. He failed to bow down to Adam because he was obeying God. The Yezidis claim that previous to the creation of Adam the Supreme God had informed all Seven Great Angels never bow down to any other entity other than Him.
The peacock is an evil bird.
Truth: In the East the peacock is the symbol of the Son of God, the savior of humanity. The peacock reflects the beneficent, immortal nature of the Son of God by devouring snakes, the enemies of humanity. Through its innumerable “eyes,” the peacock also symbolizes the omniscient nature of the Son of God. Apparently the misunderstanding of the bird’s evil nature arose because it naturally reflects the androgyny of the Son of God, who was born from the universal male/female polarity, i.e., Spirit and matter, dark and light, etc. It is for this reason that the “androgynous” peacock is said to possess the beauty of an angel but the demonic cry of the Devil.
The Yezidis are the People of the Caliph Yezid whose unpopular reign made him an enemy of both Shiite and Sunni Moslems.
Truth: The Caliph Yezid was a Moslem who later became disenchanted with the Islamic teachings and converted to Yezidism. The name Yezidi has existed since the Yezidi people were first created.
In addition to the above, Moslems could have easily been mislead by the inaccurate anecdotes and propaganda regarding the Peacock Angel, some of which have been fabricated by other Moslems. A rumored Yezidi “Origin Myth,” for example, that alludes to a Yezidi shepherd finding an injured Peacock Angel in the form of a physical peacock and calling itself “the Spirit of Evil thrown out of heaven” is completely spurious and not associated with any authentic Yezidi texts or teachings.