Antique Beasts - Apis Picture

-EDIT- Now animated! Yay~!

Hi everyone!! I'm starting a new series of cute monsters, just in time for Halloween! ^^

I'm calling this set Antique Beasts - the theme is essentially unknown monsters. My idea is to display mythological creatures and gods that are not very well known. They may have been prominent cultural figures in their own time, but for whatever reason, have been mostly forgotten in modern culture and are not often portrayed in movies/games/comics/etc. I'm planning to make a few cute, pet-like versions of some rare beasties, and then share a bit of information about them!

First up is Apis!
Also called Hapis, a deity who was worshiped and highly regarded in the Memphis area of Egypt during the Old Kingdom. Its' worship can be linked to similar early cow deities in that region of the world. Apis was a protector of the deceased and associated with the pharaoh - it is unique in that it is the only Egyptian deity represented only as an actual living animal, and not as a human or part-human.

During those days, actual cattle who exhibited certain markings were considered a manifestation of Apis, and were brought to the temple and worshiped. The bull was considered and oracle and its' movements within its' living space were considered prophecies - yes, really! Haha.

Anyway, I hope you guys like this and enjoy the info - this kind of topic always interests me ~ I really like folklore and mythology of all sorts. If you like the theme, and if you have a request for a certain creature or myth, PLEASE comment! I'd LOVE to hear some ideas and learn about folklore I haven't heard of before! Next time, it will be a completely different creature from a completely different place!

Artwork and concept by M. Phonesavanh - please credit if you share! Thanks!
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