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(Latin canis) The first domesticated animal symbolically associated primarily with loyalty and vigilance, figuring often as a guardian at the portals of the AFTERLIFE (Cerberus, a three-headed dog), or as a sacrifice to the dead, to guide them in the next world. Dogs are also believed to be able to see ghosts and thus to warn us of invisible dangers. Only rarely do dogs appear in a negative light: the HELL-hound Garm of Norse myth simultaneously kills the god T yr and is killed by him at the END OF THE WORLD (Ragnar6k) the dark goddess Hecate of Greek myth is accompanied by fighting dogs. BLACK dogs were also thought of as demonic companions of witches or necromancers (e.g., FAUST, Agrippa of Nettesheim [1486-1535)). In various non-European cultures the dog, because of its intelligence and ability to learn, receives credit for many of the attainments of human civilization, including technical skills. And although in classical antiquity we find references to canine flattery and shamelessness, the loyalty of the dog as household guardian (phylax) and its sheep-herding abilities are the characteristics that are stressed. ASCLEPIUS and Hermes (Latin MERCURY) were accompanied by dogs, as were later St. Hubert, St. Eustace, and St. Roch. In the Muslim world the dog is considered unclean, but the watchdog is tolerated. [n ancient Egypt a large wild dog, similar to a jackal, was a manifestation of Anubis, a god of the dead, a further indication of the importance of the dog as a guide in the afterlife for the souls of the dead. In the Middle Ages the dog usually appears as an image of feudal loyalty or marital fidelity, e.g., on tombstones. In sculpture it frequently stands for total belief in God but has an alternate negative association with uncontrolled wrath. Hell-hounds accompany Satan, the hunter of souls. Images of Christophorus cynocephalus are in a category all their own, showing the legendary medieval saint (see CHRISTOPHER) as having the head of a dog, presumably under the influence of depictions of the Egyptian god Anubis. In the lO-day calendar of the ancient civilizations of Central America the dog (in Aztec itzcuintli, in Maya oc) is the 10th daysign in ancient Mexico dogs were buried along with the dead as sacrifices to them and as guides for the afterlife. Those born under the sign of the dog were believed to be destined to rule and to distribute valuable gifts. The god Xolotl (twin) had the form of a dog dogs were supposed to bring the dead across the ninefold RIVER to the underworld. Xolotl also accompanied the SUN into the west as it sank into the jaws of the EARTH, leading it through the underworld, back to the place where it rose the next morning he died himself in the process but returned to life as he guided it up out of the realm of the dead. This dual role explains his name. (See also LIGHTNING. ) In ancient China the dog was the 11 th sign of the ancient Chinese zodiac (see STARS), but it had a variety of symbolic and mythical associations. Dogs were thought of primarily as repelling demons, but in certain areas they were seen as a source of meat and eaten. In other areas (South and West China) they were thought of as bringers of food (RICE or millet). The surviving Yao of South China consider their nation to be descended from a canine ancestor, which is reminiscent of totemic notions (see TOTEM). China, too, has its legends of humans with canine heads. Japanese shrines often have Korean dogs as guardian figures. Among the Slavic peoples the dog was especially esteemed as late as 1560 a Samaite bishop reproached his people for dog worship, but we know nothing of the symbolic or mythic significance of this dog. In Celtic myth the dog was also important, e.g. as the companion of Epona (the goddess of the hunt and of HORSES) and as an attribute of the god Nodon or Nuadu. The hero of the Ulster legends of Ireland is Cu-Chulainn, the hunting-dog of Ulster.

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