Excerpt: God first created seven ruling angels (a heptad), whose leader is called Malek Tawus, Malek Taus or Melek Tawwus, depending on how the word is transliterated into English. This angel is also referred to as the "Peacock Angel". When the world was created, these 7 angels were given responsibility for it and God itself then takes a back seat. When mankind were created, however, Malek Taus refused to bow down to mankind. He is banished, but, is later forgiven and restored. The Yazidis honour Malek Taus for the principles which he employed in refusing to worship mankind. But they get them into trouble with Muslims, because in the Qur'an, this same story is told but it is Shaitan (Satan) who refuses to bow. And, unfortunately for the Yezidis, their own alternative name for Malek Taus is actually Shaitan. Therefore, Muslims often think that the Yezidis are devil-worshippers. Also, in Yezidi holy texts, the basic Islamic prayer is disclaimed against, specifically the bit at which Shaitan is denounced. In addition to this, Malek Taus is associated both with the colour black (one of their two holy books is called The Black Book) and with fire.