This piece was a challenge for me as I've been going through major art block, holiday stress, and other difficult life issues. A friend of mine had requested a peacock illustration some time ago and I forgot until she reminded me recently. After some research I became absorbed in the symbolism of the peacock to early myths/belief systems at the time where creation stories began to emerge. Some of these stories were adapted and altered by the major religions in the middle east. At that time, you must understand, that many beliefs and creation stories were being spread and 100's of religions were being formed, many of which has dissolved or merged with more popular beliefs.
One creation story follows that before god created the Earth he first created 7 angels, all of which are represented as peacocks and are meant to take care of the world. It was said that the head Peacock was told that he could only bow down to god and no one else. When god created man, he had the 7 angels look upon man and asked that they bow down to him. The lead peacock did not and god asked why, and the peacock said that he can only bow down to god and not man. This pleased god and he blessed him with a cosmic egg which contained the universe.
Some variations to this story claim that the lead peacock was banished because he disobeyed god's orders and was the "Fallen Angel" or Satan. Another variation, says that while in hell the peacock wept for 7000 years until the flames of hell was extinguished. This means that hell has been vanquished and all may enter paradise. Yet another variation states that since hell has been destroyed, yet not all people may enter paradise unless they meet qualifications. If they do not qualify they are sent back to the earth to be reborn, or reincarnated until they meet the qualifications.
To me, however, this makes me think how we, ourselves, are much like peacocks guarding and protecting our own world. Depending on how we live our lives we might crack or even shatter our eggs. Or sometimes we depend to much in others that we sacrifice our world for theirs or leave our egg in their hands. By doing so we lose control of our world. Life is fragile. Hearts are fragile. We need to do our best to keep our world's safe as well as not destroy others.
beautifully done, and I love the myth review. Never really realized how much the peacocks colors are reflected in the earth, and it really puts a new perspective on the eyes on the the peacock feathers. Thanks for great art and a great story ^_^
Thank you so much for checking out my work as well as reading the review. I really got absorbed into the story as well as how it altered into many variations. I too have gained a new perspective as I didn't realize the peacocks connection to the earth and being its caretakers. Great point about the "eyes" of the world haha, the peacocks are watching over us c: