revisit vocabulary words with anpu!

“Psychopomp” is a technical term in religion and folklore studies– a psychopomp is a religious (or mythological or folkloric or supernatural) figure who guides a spirit or soul to the afterlife.  I once knew this word fairly well, but as my formal education has faded further into the past, I am sure I haven’t thought about it, much less used it, in thirty years or more.  This week as I was doing other research, I found Anubis on a list of psychopomp figures across history and world cultures.

And that got me thinking.  We know Anpu as a “retired god”, but what if like many retirees, he got a bit bored (and maybe a little short of whatever it is that gods use for currency) and decided to go back to work part time?  This is a drawing of Anpu as a modern psychopomp, including a pair of little black wings that reference the angelic figures that take that role in current legend/folklore.

Longtime readers will notice that I have made yet another change in Anpu’s character design.  (Anpu is one of my favorite characters to draw and I fiddle with his design more than anything else in Kekionga except Foursquare’s dozens of costumes.)  I have gone back to the gold lining for his ears, but started breaking it up with a sunburst/radial design that I found in some Ancient Egyptian source material.  I really like the results and I might even say his design is finally finalized if I didn’t know myself too well.

For more about psychopomps across the world, click here, or consult any dictionary of mythology or folklore if you have plenty of spare time.

This entry was posted in art and culture, comics and cartooning, writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s