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Author Topic: Afraid of Dogs, but...  (Read 1697 times)

Afraid of Dogs, but...
« on: April 06, 2014, 03:39:35 pm »
Hi! I absolutely adore Anubis! I become this total idiot Fangirl inside when I see his picture. However, dogs terrify me, even little ones. I immediately go into Flight-or-Fight when I see a dog, even a calm one. How can this be so? Thanks for your help!

Offline Bestekeni

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 04:21:08 pm »
Because He is a god, not a dog ;)

I have a life-threatening cat allergy. The animal iconography is metaphorical -- it describes Their natures.
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Offline Sautyinepu

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 04:34:10 pm »
Aww.. I'm kind of partial to Yinepu, too. But I also love dogs. No worries... he won't hold it against you. ;)

BTW, I like your profile picture. I have a white cat and a black cat but they don't get along. Would be cool if they'd curl up together like a kitty yin-yang.
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Offline terrapin46

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 05:36:18 pm »
I think the ancients had a healthy fear/respect for the actual animals they made theophanies of, being reasonable people who wanted to stay alive :-P  Anubis is seen as a jackal more than a dog, and I doubt very many Egyptians ran toward those with their hands out as snacks in bliss whenever they passed a real-life one ;-) Or else I'd be mighty worried about all the Taweret folks!
« Last Edit: April 06, 2014, 05:37:11 pm by thefisherfool »

Offline Taji

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2014, 06:08:54 pm »
I'm not a huge fan of cats.  I actively dislike them much of the time.  Doesn't make me any less a daughter of Bast.  


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Offline Semaira

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2014, 11:52:50 pm »
I quite like cats myself; that's what drew me to Bast when I was first starting out.

I've always liked birds, especially birds of prey, like falcons, hawks, and eagles, so I use Ra's animal form to connect to him a lot. I have trouble seeing Him as, say, Khepera (the beetle-head thing actually kind of freaks me out).

I think the animal iconography is awesome in general. It can mean so many things.
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Offline Tawa'ubastmut

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 11:49:17 am »
I can't really say I dislike any of them, perhaps I like dogs a little less than birds or cats, but I wouldn't think it should influence which gods call to me or us.

Growing up I had a huge thing for Horus/Heru, almost obsessively so now that I remember a little.  Bast was there as well, and I also had a love of Anubis.  I doodled them in my school notebooks. :)

I don't know what I'm adding to the conversation haha, oops.
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Offline ubenetsenu

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2014, 01:25:27 pm »
i think theophanies are there to help us, not to hinder us. every time i see a hawk, i think of Khonsu, and it makes me happy, which makes Him happy. if seeing a dog freaks you out, though, that isn't making Anubis sad, because that isn't Him, just something that can be associated with Him. He loves you anyway :)
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Offline Vaalea

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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2014, 01:57:13 pm »
Em hotep,

The netjeru really aren't the animals they're resembling, not necessarily.

Wepwawet is a major force in my life, yet I've had lifelong phobia of dogs I'm only carefully getting rid of; it's no contradiction, the gods may be symbolised by and linked to a hundred of things in the Seen world, but that doesn't make them these things.

You don't have to find yourself in any relation to the symbols and still can have rather profound and prosperous relationship with the deity(ies) associated with them. ;)
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Re: Afraid of Dogs, but...
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2014, 01:05:56 pm »
Thanks for all your answers and encouragement! :)


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