I saw your tags on the Anubis post you reblogged from me; Anubis came for her because the coin Shadow had wasn't given to him yet I presume. When Shadow let the coin fall on her grave Laura was transported back to the world of the living, thus cheating death and the place of darkness he promised her. Anubis comes for everyone so because of the magic coin Laura was able to avoid her fate. At least that's what I gather, I never read the book
Ah yeah, it was the fact that Anubis came for her at all that confused me really. Because he explained to Mrs Fadil last week that he came for her because of the stories her grandma(?) told her. Laura worked in that Egyptian themed casino, but would that be enough to influence which god took her on in death? Maybe he does just collect lots of people, regardless of their beliefs. I think maybe he did say something about the way she died being significant, so perhaps it was to do with the fact that she died doing something pretty shitty (cheating on Shadow) that meant that her heart needed to be weighed. I was happy to see more of him, I just wasn’t sure how he was connected to her. I don’t know if this is a spoiler for you if you haven’t read the book (if you don’t know who a certain character is yet), but there were one or two ravens in the background of a bunch of her scenes with Shadow, so clearly at least one god has been watching them for a long time. There’s probably far more significance we just don’t know about yet.
Also I hope they’ll actually explain how a leprechaun’s lucky coin could bring someone back to life. It’s several years since I read the book, so I can’t remember whether it was ever explained.
I've also heard that Anubis can be thought of as either transgender or agender? Even though he is often thought of as male supposedly he is (almost?) never depicted with male anatomy?
(This was in response to a reblog that I can’t fucking find to give anyone context. So, let’s just say I answered a blogger’s questions about gender roles based on ancient Egyptian deities.)
Hi anon. I didn’t feel confident or particularly capable in responding to this other than to say, “Uh, what?” I do have a relationship with Anup, but gender and his assignment within has never come up. And honestly, I don’t know much outside of a few snippets, historically speaking, here and there. So, I went to the jackal expert, the owner of Per Sabu to answer.
Her original response was that Anup is ambiguously gendered. Later, she added to that,
Some deities, especially ones who are primarily/originally animals, are only nominally ‘male’ in the texts because that is the default way of depicting and referencing deities whose gender might otherwise be in question or else seen as unimportant. Jackals are also one of those animals where there isn’t a heck of a lot of difference in appearance between males and females. Additionally there is some question about whether or not it may have been Anupet who came first and was the original ‘Anubis.’ In 3D-depictions of Anubis as a jackal, it is rare to find him with an indication of gender which is strange for animal sculpture. Add onto this the fact that Anubis has a long standing association with milk (and milk cows), and has a particularly nurturing role in what he does (he’s a ‘divine midwife’ by any other name.) His symbol, the imywt, can even be considered to be a type of womb for the rebirth of the deceased. Sometimes his titles end up having the feminine -t added to them as well, which could possibly be misspellings but may also indicate that he’s of ambiguous gender. In a very late invocation (Coptic), one finds Anubis being invoked in a passage where it is otherwise female deities who are being called, while in the next passage it is Djehuty named in conjunction with male deities. There are similar oddities in earlier texts. He has both masculine and feminine aspects to his nature, which goes hand in hand with all the other ways in which he’s a liminal deity. He exists between night and day, the black land and the red land, life and death, etc. He’s a very ‘versatile’ and dual-natured god like that.