Second thoughts about Anubis

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Egypt is having an effect on me. I am starting to feel a little superficial, almost like a cartoon character. The erudite animal to whom Midori Frog said she would give us an introduction took us to the museum in Cairo today. Actually, that was where I met Anubis just a couple of days ago. On that day I felt I could hold my own with Anubis, but I am feeling a little insecure about him now.

If you have followed the stories about me, you know that I have worked hard to increase my self-esteem through earnest study of classical statuary. Floral cornices, Corinthian columns and Greek statues have filled me with feelings of joyful self-confidence and freedom. Having been totally self-taught, it was a tremendous step forward in my development to have discovered the Institute where I could study with like-minded animals. That’s where I met Yeti, Wombat and Dame Eleanor Marmot.

I am beginning to think Anubis is part of another institute, but I am not too clear on what they are studying. However, the more time I spend with Anubis and the other animals I have met here at the museum, the more ordinary I feel.

Now I see that it doesn’t quite work to call them animals, even though they look like animals when you first see them. Whoever or whatever they are, they are somehow in another league. I have a lot to digest here. But rather than get all down on myself, I am going to pay close attention to these beings and see what I can learn.

One thing I have learned about Anubis is that they call him “he who is in the place of embalming.” So, that’s what I’m talking about.

Meeting the Sphinx

We got to walk around in the Sphinx enclosure today; that’s where she’s kept. We stood between her long front legs and massive paws, We looked up at her face—a human face. One impression that was absolutely clear to me was that the head had been re-carved. I learned about a theory that the original head, on top of being older than most Egyptologists think, perhaps had been the head of a lion. Of course I like the idea that it was an animal, but I am not so sure about the lion thing, because then the Sphinx would have been ALL lion, and every one of us here—

Dame Eleanor, myself, Yeti and Wombat-having had direct experience of working with the director of our institute Orange Bearcat… well, we are just a bit leery of the Sphinx being all lion.

I think that a combination of the lion body and maybe a marmot head would be both more balanced and more mysterious. It would also represent a combination of both the predator and prey perspectives, which is a philosophical concept dear to my heart!

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Apparently somewhere along the line a pharaoh put his own head on it. Now the Sphinx has this tiny human head. Doesn’t that just say it all?

Later in the day another great thing happened. We went to see Sheik Abdul at his flower essence establishment. Lounging in an ornate room surrounded by delightful hand-blown perfume bottles, we were served mint tea as the Sheik told us about the essences, the knowledge of which has been handed down in his family from generation to generation for 7000 years.

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The essences have powerful healing qualities, each related to the seven chakras of the body, They have beautiful names, like blue lotus and red amber, and they smell intoxicating, in the very best sense of the word.

Sheik Abdul read my aura and told me that I try to take care of others too much. I don’t think he meant that trying to help others is a bad thing, not at all. But rather that I do it in a way that is harmful for me.

I bought a whole set of the essences from a Sheik Abdul. He is set up to take credit cards. That is one more thing that I learned from him. Sheik Abdul embodies someone who has some real knowledge as well as knowing how to take care of himself on the material plane. This ability to hold the physical and something finer—something spiritual even— at the same time, seems to be part of the wisdom to be encountered here that I am beginning to feel being transmitted to me through the air and impressions of Egypt, just like those wonderful scents of Sheik Abdul.

My new friend Anubis

 

We went to the Egyptian Museum yesterday. There are lots of sculptures of humans of course, but also so many animals that we really felt at home. I saw an alabastar tiger from the tomb of King Tut and many representations of Anubis, a mysterious black dog. Anubis is stylish and thin to the extreme, but I still felt like we could be friends because of the inner clarity that I felt when I looked at sculptures of him. Looking at the finely wrought carvings of the animals and the paintings of animals drawn inside the mummy cases, I felt that I would learn more about the animal kingdom and why we are important to the earth. The ancient Egyptians seemed to know something about this. So I don’t understand why the modern city of Cairo has hardly any animals in it and the ones that I saw seemed so sad.

Maybe Anubis will come to me in a dream tonight and tell me what is going on here.

Last night I had a dream that I was trying to conceal a human head on a suburban lawn with some random pieces of lawn statuary and artificial flowers. Just as the dream was getting disturbing, my cell phone rang on the bedside table. It was Neville Hare.

Neville“Hello, Indigo Animal,” Neville said, in a tone of voice very characteristic of him that I feel certain will be followed by a request of some sort. Because of the jetlag, I couldn’t quite remember where I was. I just said, “Neville, I’m out of town!” Then I’m sorry to say I just hung up on him because well, it was 3:43 in the morning and I’m sleeping really close to the Great Pyramid.

So did Neville have something to do with the dream I was having about the head? These are the sort of strange multi-leveled confluences that might become more numerous if one gets friendly with Anubis.

 

In the Heathrow Bardo

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We thought about going to Windsor Castle to visit a water feature that Dame Eleanor worked on back when she was Fountain Restorer to the Queen. But we are a little too tired and have chosen just to hang out at the airport. Here you see us deciding which health enhancing smoothie to buy. Dame Eleanor, having spent time in Switzerland, is getting the Edelweiss Powershot. I think I will get the Five Amazonian Shamans Vanilla Bean Probiotic Cleanse.

Going to Egypt

There is so much to tell about the Lawn Statuary Research Institute, but today I only have time to say: the Institute is a place for animals of all stripes to meet together and commune about beauty as it is represented in lawn sculpture.

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I’m writing from the Eternal City. It all started with a summer session abroad program with a focus on the obelisks of Rome. (This adventure is being serialized in works & conversations magazine.) These amazing stone monuments were hewn and carved in Egypt for the glory of the pharaohs, seized by the Romans and erected in Rome for the glory of the emperors, then forgotten and buried for a thousand years until they were erected again, this time for the glory of the popes.

We thought we had some background because of the Egyptian Garden at LSRI. But the more we’ve studied the obelisks, the more we realize that we don’t understand the meaning of the hieroglyphs at all.

At just this moment in our research however, we’ve received news that our esteemed colleague Midori Frog, hearing of our frustration, has secured funds for us from an anonymous donor so that we can join her in Egypt!

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Midori Frog is already at the Valley of the Kings, and can’t meet us at the airport, but not to worry! She has also arranged for us to study with an erudite animal who has spent his life trying to decipher the works, temples and hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt. I am so glad I packed my photo journalist blanket. It’s perfect for Egypt!Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 10.35.34 PM

So now I would like to introduce you to our team.

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This is Dame Eleanor Marmot. She is the head of the Classical Lawn Statuary Studies Department at LSRI and was formerly Fountain Restorer to the Queen.

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I met Yeti and Wombat on my very first day at LSRI. They were foreign exchange students. It took me a long time to realize that they are nocturnal animals. They are exceptional researchers and very talented photographers.

Yeti and Wombat have flown ahead with their equipment. Dame Eleanor and I are waiting at the airport. Please come back soon to hear all about our adventures in Egypt!

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Things I like

Right now things are really good with me because I know what makes me happy. Do you?

I like to look at beautiful things. Here’s one:

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I have these replicas in my house and I look at them when I get up.

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Then I do some animal yoga.animal yoga

After that I have a bowl of forest twig/Brazil nut granola. A capybara that I met at a conference turned me on to it. Then, feeling really clear-headed and strong, I take a walk around the neighborhood. I usually visit the clamshell fountain… wait,  what’s that banging?

BANG BANG KNOCK KNOCK

IS SOMEBODY TRYING TO BREAK INTO MY BLOG? Oh no! I think it’s Neville Hare, an obnoxious rabbit I have to deal with every day at he Institute. He is a complete lackey to the Institute’s Director, Orange Bearcat.

 

neville“Indigo Animal! Why are you polluting the internet with your reactionary art aesthetic! I demand that you stop!”

“Neville! How did you break into my blog? I am trying to tell people about beauty, classical lawn statuary, and our Institute.”

“Indigo, you have no right to present yourself as a representative of the Institute. I am really upset!”

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“Neville, I want to be nice about this. But it’s hard if you are always  so angry. I’m open to you saying your point of view now and then, even though it’s MY BLOG. But if you accuse me of stuff or are consistently nasty, I reserve the right to ask you to leave. You have to try to control your tendencies.” 

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“Okay. But only for the sake of a fuller representation of what we do at the Institute, especially the Director’s research!”

“Fine. The institute is a big tent and you can explain about all the other departments besides mine. But today I was talking about things I like. So I am giving you permission now to show the people something that really makes YOU happy.”

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“Okay we need to let him think about this for a while. It’s a new concept for him. Bye! Till the next time!”