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Divine Intervention page 3 by Necro-Agalma Divine Intervention page 3 by Necro-Agalma
In which Anubis is mildly annoyed and Hermesí gets in trouble.

Anubis is another Underworld deity who suffers from the curse of lazy writers who think every mythology is the same as weird olí Christianity. Actually, Egyptian mythology in general gets a lot of weirdness attached to it thanks to our obsession with non-existent curses and walking mummies. Because to us death has negative connotations and since most of what we have of Egyptian archaeology is from a funerary context, we tend to make their religion look morbid and sinister, when in reality it was anything but. And poor noble, stoic Anubis really doesnít deserve the nonsense that gets attached to him, and much as I enjoyed the Mummy movies, theyíre very mean.

On the subject of the Mummy movies, hereís a fun fact: did you know that both the Scorpion King and Imhotep were real live Egyptian historical figures? Yep. In fact there were two kings called Scorpion, both of whom lived and ruled during the earliest period of Egyptian history, the Predynastic period. We know practically nothing about the first Scorpion, but the second might have been the father of Narmer, the great king who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Imhotep was even more interesting, he was literally a genius. He was a talented engineer and architect, designer of the Step Pyramid, and also a gifted doctor. He was so respected that on his death he was deified (hence the reference to him in this comic), so turning him into an angry, evil mummy in the movies is more than a little rude.

Anyway, back to the comic. Iíve got to say, trying to draw Anubis face on was really tricky. His costume is based on New Kingdom menís costumes, with all the usual jewellery and a bit extraÖ From the reign of Akhenaten onwards, earrings were quite popular so although Anubis himself is never depicted with pierced ears in Egyptian art, I thought it would be fun to give him a couple. Behind him are the tools of his trade: a mummy with its canopic jars and Anubisí symbol the imuit fetish, an animal skin tied to a pole in a pot (no, I donít know what itís for either). The colours are taken from Egyptian art, and just for the record, painting Egyptian jewellery with watercolours is really, really difficult.

And, yes, I know I misspelled ďchthonicĒ.



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Draconicat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Also, I wholeheartedly agree about the Christian influence screwing up later interpretations of the older gods. No offense to individual Christians, but the Christian religion seems to specialize in retconning and misinformation.
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Necro-Agalma Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I'm not sure it's so much retconning as just really not understanding other people's worldviews. It's like Roman historians insisting that everyone else in Europe worshiped Mercury. Unfortunately for the English-speaking world, we've spent so long under the influence of Christianity that a lot of people find it difficult to acknowledge that not everyone has the same view on how the universe works.
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
*nods*
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Very cool info, and very helpful!
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