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Anubis: Man’s best friend forever
Dogs have been given elevated spiritual status throughout history. Whether it’s the omen of the black dog, Argos, the hound of Odysseus, or Cabal, King Arthur’s prized companion, dogs have held an integral spot in human cultures for centuries.
Perhaps the most obvious example of canines being elevated to the status of a god comes in the form of Anubis. An Ancient Egyptian deity, Anubis began his holy career as the guardian of the underworld. Anubis features in nearly every tomb, in hieroglyphs and in pictoral representations of the journey to the underworld. There’s probably something to the similarity between Anubis’s ubiquitous presence and the constant trailing black hound in European folklore. Death is always around. But, for the old world, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. And the jackal god was your companion to make sure you got there safely.
Even today, it’s common knowledge than dogs have an uncanny awareness of death. A dog is extremely sensitive to environments which have recently witnessed violence, and they have an instinctive knowledge that something’s wrong.
Now, a lot of things have changed since Ancient Egypt ruled a huge chunk of the world, but some things remain the same.
We still prize our dogs, and consider then our official Best Friends. We still remain devotees, and most of us inevitably accept the fact that our homes will slowly but surely turn into shrines.
We even do a lot of the same rituals. Just as the Ancients would sweep out the temple, refresh the offerings, and pay tribute to the gods, we keep our houses clean, make a little shrine with a dog bed and toys, and clean up the endless pet hair.
A jackal isn’t technically the same thing as a dog, but… you get the point.
So, why do we hold our dogs in such high esteem? Why are they so clearly our best friends? A dog is one of the most loyal animals in the kingdom, and it’s also one of the most emotionally available. Where cats are aloof, distant, and solitary, a dog provides constant companionship and emotional solace. So, while Anubis literally ushered people into the afterlife, our dogs help us cope with death, and guide us through the grieving process.
I think that more than anything it’s the constancy of our canine friends that’s solidified their role in our lives. And you’ll see this in the representation as well. Whether the dog deity is good or bad, he stays constant. That’s not true of the shiftier species, like cats or snakes.
So, to sum up, I think that all the devotion, the endless vacuuming, the long walks, the need for energy and attention all finds its payoff in the fact that your dog will ALWAYS be glad to see you, and can always count on them to be by your side. For other ways of removing pet hair off your furniture, see this http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Pet-Hair.
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