There are so many different Mythology and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in. The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.
This week we have:
Urban Fantasy author Dina James
(Adult & Young Adult)
(Adult & Young Adult)
Talking of Anubi, Billy the Man-Wolf.
Ask the average person what a werewolf is and they will likely be able to tell you. The legend of the werewolf is timeless. They are known by many names. Lycanthrope. Garwalf. Loup-garou.
But how many know the legend of the man-wolf?
Jackals were the creatures the ancient Egyptians could liken a wolf to. And what explanation for his form did that man-wolf give to the ancient Egyptians?
He was Anubi. A man-wolf.
For a time, the Anubi and ancient man lived in a relatively symbiotic relationship, until the time of the gods was over and man put science and reason above myths and magic.
But myths have a way of enduring. Man-wolf became "wolf-man." "Werewolf." Both of these involve humans turning into wolves. While modern man offers both cinematic and scientific explanation for lycanthropy, there is no such thing as a "wolf-man." Humans cannot change their form to be a wolf.
There is, however, such a thing as a man-wolf. A wolf that walks on two legs and can change into a human.
Again, Anubi. Man-wolf, not wolf-man.
In the Stranger Things series, the Anubi are wolves who walk on two legs, as men do, but they can, and do, run on all fours as a wolf might if they need to. They can take complete mortal form if they so desire, and some of them do so often in order to pass through the Mortal Realm unnoticed.
As mortal wolves do, Anubi live in packs, and dens. They have names and children and councils. They also have a strict matriarchal government system. If a crime is great enough, they will sentence a pack member to death.
Just such a sentence was passed upon the Anubi known to most as Billy.
(actor Daniel Cudmore is 6'7", and played Colossus in the X-Men- perfect for Billy)
Not a bad human form, eh? Billy is young, strong, and has the unique status of being the only man-wolf adopted by a clan of vampires.
You see, Billy got into a fair amount of trouble when he was younger and ended up being Judged, Exiled, and sentenced to death by his pack. While Billy survived the Judgment, his brother Denis took it as a personal affront that his kid brother didn't die for what he'd done and hunted Billy mercilessly for the better part of fifteen years.
"But he doesn't look that old!" you say. "He would have been a toddler fifteen years ago!"
Well, not exactly. You see, Billy is eighty-seven years old. He was born in 1922.
Of course, that's the way humans would measure it. In Anubi terms, he's only about eighteen. Human age is roughly one-fifth that of an anubi. That is to say, it takes about five human years to make up just one Anubin year. So a fifty year old Anubi? Yeah, they'd really only be about ten in the human world.
Time passes differently in other realms, and there are many, many other realms.
Also, human form is just an illusion. It's something Anubi do to appear normal in the human world. Normally they look like this:
(Wolfman from the film Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman)
Billy is even more fearsome, as the left side of his face – from throat to ear – was severely damaged. It's paralyzed. Billy is also scarred up one side and down the other, so his true form can be more than a little intimidating.
But don't let that frighten you.
Billy is as tough as they come and fiercely protective of those he considers his pack, but he is also as gentle as can be…as long as you're on the right side of him.
No pun intended.
Anubis is the Egyptian funerary god, and it is he who weighs the human heart against an ostrich feather. If the heart was lighter than the feather, Anubis guided the human soul to Osiris. If it weighed heavier than the feather, the soul could go no further and was destroyed. Eaten, actually. Anubis has the body of a man and the head of a jackal.
I think not.
You can meet Billy and learn more about the Anubi in both All Wounds (Stranger Things #1) and Time Heals (Stranger Things #2, available March 26, 2013 from Mundania Press).
You do want to meet him, don't you?
Thank you, Mel, for having me on your blog!
Her Blog & Site: Dina James, Chronicler of the Paranormal
And you can meet the hug-able Billy and Purchase her Young Adult series at any book selling site.
Time Heals at Mundania Press, and purchase in any format you'd like.
(tune in tomorrow, Tuesday March 26, 2013 for a teaser and a giveaway for print version of Time Heals & Swag pack.)