“Cats are good. Half in, half out.”
-John Constantine, Movie
We thought cats and dogs are just mere adorable pets that ruin our sleep and Instagram-worthy subjects. Did you know that back when slavery is a mainstream, your ancestors used to worship them?
Cats and Dogs and their relationship to man have a deeper root than you think. Cats and Dogs are domestic animals which we happily accept indoors like goldfish and lovebirds although it is always best advised to separate the cats (They’re real @s$#0%&$). Today, we just treat them as best friends or home companion but if you learn about these animals’ past, you might find the resemblance regarding who really owns the house.
Fenrir (Norse) – or Fenrisulfr is the giant wolf in Norse mythology. He is the offspring of Loki god of mischief and Giantess Angora. Imagine your neighbor’s husky twenty times its normal size and more scary-looking than its owner after a long day. In mythology, Fenrir was growing too big that the gods’ chains were ineffective and devoured Odin for lunch in Ragnarok (Norse’s end of times).
Great Sphynx (Egyptian) – Commonly referred to as The Great Sphynx of Giza holds the record as the Biggest Cat in the World. Dated back to 2532 BC and is measured 240 ft. long, 66 ft. high and made out of bedrocks weighing 100 tons each. These giants, according to mythology, are the guardians of doorways and passages that gives riddles to anyone who wishes to enter. You know what they say; “If you can’t understand someone, you might be talking to a sphynx.”
Cerberus (Greek) – Is another enormous dog but looks more horrifying than Fenrir, thanks to its heads. If you think, a pit bull is not scary enough, imagine a giant pit bull with three heads. Unlike the Sphynx, this three-headed dog would bite now, bark questions later. It guards the underworld and was owned by Hades. I’m not really sure how he pats a three-headed canine but dogs tend to be more jealous. Yikes!
Manticore (Persian) – Manticore is another huge feline that’s a cousin to the Sphynx. They look similar to the sphynx for having a head of a man and a body of a lion but with a flight advantage for having wings and even more terrifying due to its scorpion tail and spiky spine similar to porcupine quills (Gosh, why do these creatures have to look like straight out of a nightmare?).
Anubis (Egyptian) – Is believed to be the god of embalming and the guardian of the dead since they’re always seen in cemeteries, particularly pyramids. Because the Egyptian Pharaohs were too rich before, they built gigantic tombstones which we called now as pyramids. Anubis has a body of a man with a head of a jackal. His long snout and pointy ears will tell you that you’re currently walking into somebody’s graveyard. He guides spirits on their long journey to the other side. Good doggy 🙂
Bastet (Egyptian) – (Why do Egyptians love cats and dogs too much?) Bastet is like Anubis except with a more feminine body and head of a cat. Maybe having a dog-head for a woman certainly isn’t pleasing if you are a goddess. Despite her skinny appearance, she’s the goddess of warfare in the Lower Egypt before the unification of the cultures of ancient Egypt.
Raiju (Japanese) – You thought it was Doge? How could you! Raiju is a legendary Japanese wolf with a body consists of lightning. It is believed that it is Raiju that’s howling during thunderstorms. Raiju is the companion of Raijin, the Shinto Japanese God of lightning. Like its master that looks like a grumpy old man, Raiju is depicted as an angry looking dog with unusual bluish white fur on its body. Surely, you can’t pet him but you can power up an entire house…that’s if you can catch him.
Maneki Neko (Japanese) – Another famous feline that originated in Japan, the Maneki Neko or commonly known as The Beckoning Cat is a smiling cat that waves its paw and commonly used as a wealth charm. These figurine of traditionally Calico Japanese Bobtail Cats are pretty popular in almost every business establishments across the globe and come in many shapes and sizes. Its cold glare and shiny gold coin on its tummy attract customers.
Fox Spirit (Chinese) – Or the Nine-tailed Fox that are regularly heard in Asian countries is a popular legendary dog with mystical powers. It has many names like Kumiho in Korea and Kitsune in Japan, but it originated in China and was actually named Huli Jing. This fox has the ability to shape-shift, meaning it can transform its appearance into a young woman to seduce men only to play with them or consume their spirits. So next time you meet a woman that’s too easy to get, think again or you might just lose your spirit. Or maybe you don’t. YOLO!
Cheshire Cat (English) – Last but not the least, we have Cheshire Cat of the fairytale Alice in Wonderland. This grinning cat of the popular children’s book originated in the country of Cheshire, England where historians believed the author Lewis Carroll, got the idea. While the other cats on today’s list are basically powerful gods, Cheshire Cat came from a simple, and rather milky history. The Cheshire’s abundant dairy farms are great in producing milk. Every cat’s dream place. I’m sure you’d grin too if you’re gonna live in a house full of your favorite dessert.
And that’s the most famous Woofs and Mews in the history. Now if you still think delaying your pet’s meal is funny, you’re basically making your former god wait. You’re lucky they’re not as big as they were before. Because if they still do, I wonder if you can still make fun of them. Who’s the meal now, hooman? WHOOO??!!