Thursday, 28 June 2018

Anubis tomb for dogs

In Saqqara, Egypt, there are many ancient graves for animals. Most of all, the Anubis temple, located in Saqqara, the same location as the famous step pyramid of Djoser. Beneath the Anubis temple are the catacombs where millions of mummified dogs have been found.
Anubis is the Egyptian god of the dead, who resembles a jackal. Sometimes this god appears jackal-headed with a mans body. A jackal is a wild canine of canis genus family, a cousin of wolves and domestic dogs. Jackals look a bit like wolves and they howl, except that it's a smaller type of canis, an omnivore and doesn't usually hunt large prey.
Throughout the ancient world, the canis family have had gods or god figures that are associated with death or the underworld. Think of Garm, Cerberus, hell hounds, Anubis, Cŵn Annwn, Fenrir, Black Shuck, Cu Sidhe, Gwyllgi, Cadejo, Barghest, Warg, Amarok, Werewolf, Dog Man, and Xoloti.
This is a short post that I wanted to highlight in case you're thinking of going to Egypt for a holiday. You may want to check out the pyramids and look for any ancient sites of interest related to Anubis and the ancient Egyptian worship of dogs.
Howls ^^    

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