HOW MY IMAGE OF MELEK TAUS CAME TO BE: The Official Story, Part OneDecember 10, 2009
I’ve just posted a new Page in my Essays and Articles category, containing Part One of the story of my 1995 acrylic painting of Melek Ta’us, the Peacock Angel of the Yezidi and of the Feri witchcraft tradition. Scans from my postcard of this image were floating around the internet years before I got a website of my own, and it is only in the last few years that I have seen how far it has really gotten around. Out of respect for all the folk who have been touched or inspired by my image, and also so that people know more about the artist and how it came to be, I have published this information here. Part Two, still in process as of this post, will go into more detail about the ripples and influences the image has appeared to have in various quarters. Anyone with a connection to Feri, an interest in the Yezidi, and/or in Promethean/Luciferian images of the Divine, is encouraged to check it out, though I add as a proviso that as I am not a Yezidi, my concept of Him cannot be regarded as “authentically Yezidi.”
When I created my painting there was no precedent, no previously existing image of this (at one time) obscure and esoteric divinity. My story describes why I wanted to paint Him and how I arrived at what my final image became, with no official landmarks to guide me.
Please also visit my website at http://paulruckerart.com. A larger version of this image lives in my “Faeries and Angels” gallery and can be linked to directly through this gallery at http://paulruckerart.com/pages/g-faeries.html