So, I love the drawing The Anubis Murders by Andrew Hou. I discovered it a couple of years ago through searching for “Anubis” on deviantART. Hou drew it as the cover of Gary Gygax’s novel of the same name, and while the whole idea of Anpu being connected with a series of murders never sat well with me, I love the image. Love, love, love, love it. I use it as my avatar on religious forums and blogs.
And yet, it doesn’t feel like Anpu at all. There is nothing Anpu-like about anything in this drawing except for the clothing and the jackal head. So, Who is it?
It hit me just now: Wepwawet, of course.
The stance, the blood, and even the coloration of His fur and jewelry scream “Wepwawet” to me. But I have a history of ignoring Wepwawet when He’s knocking at my door, and even Anpu had to be like, “I knew it all along,” when I finally caved in, still grumbling. So, of course I’ve spent the past 15 minutes grumbling and shouting at Wepy to cut it out, especially after I noticed that the light cast by my lamp onto my ceiling looks strikingly like a jackal poking its head out of some marsh reeds and laughing uproariously.
And, of course, now I have the notion to actually print and frame Hou’s drawing and use it as the central image of Wepwawet’s shrine. Because, you know, it’s been Him all along.
Wepwawet – 3, Zenith – 0.
… Yes, I am keeping a tally.