Random stuff & Anubis Spire Myths:
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
“Gee…ummm…thanks for thinking of us but we’ll pass on the book deal. We’ve angered enough folks without alienating our simian friends too”.
Where it all began…R.I.P. Vinny, we miss you every day.
The Anubis Spire Symbol
That strange squiggly thing is indeed our band (as well as Random Bullet Records) logo. It comes from a rather controversial pottery shard unearthed by the famous (infamous?) archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the lost city of Troy. Though dismissed as “bunk” by virtually everyone in his own time, Schliemann believed it to be…”without doubt, of Atlantian origin…perhaps even the royal seal itself!” Something told me it should be our logo.
As far as the name goes, it came to me in a VERY lucid dream. As hokey as it sounds, it had a real impact on me. When I awoke I scribbled the name down. In the dream I was standing in the middle of a long avenue (this was in relatively recent times since I recall the other people had clothes circa the turn of the century)–for some reason I seem to pin it down to just before WW1. As I looked down the avenue I could see an army marching towards me. I turned to run and crashed into a huge obelisk. Picking myself up off the ground, I pushed the damn thing over. Everyone stopped running and came to look at what I’d done. Someone yelled, “THAT’S done it!” Then I was alone with the wreckage. The only piece of it large enough to read (it was covered with writing in English) were the words “Anubis Spire”. Mystical revelation? Past-life incarnation leak? Jungian archetype overload (I don’t even want to THINK what Freud would say…), message from the gods or just a weird dream? You decide.
…. William Wallace MacKechnie
DETAIL OF ISIS / OSIRIS RITUAL REENACTMENT
Anpu (Anubis) is the bastard child of Nebt-Het (Nephthys), born of her clandestine union with Asar (Osiris) but raised as the son of Suti (Set). As he grew to manhood it became obvious that Anpu was not of Suti’s ilk, showing a streak of melancholic compassion that could only be attributed to the blood of his true and secret father. Anpu was cast out when his true nature was discovered, and left to his own solitary devices.
Now the haunter of dark and lonely places, a wanderer through the shadow-realm between life and death, Anpu bears witness to the darker side of mortality. He seeks out those lost souls who find themselves without guidance after their demise. All who die will eventually find themselves in the presence of this enigmatic god, who silently will lead them away from this world and to the gates of the next.
In the funerary ceremonies of the ancient Egyptians, a prayer/evocation to Anpu was recited. The face of the deceased was likened to the face of Anpu, and his voice to the voice of Anpu. Thus we learn that the true visage of the jackal-headed god was as a death-mask to behold, and also that in some sense Anpu may be thought of as a speaker for the dead, a courier of last words and final wishes. It would seem that in this respect, his duties are not dissimilar to those of Djhewty’s profession; but rather than acting as a messenger and scribe to the gods themselves, Anpu serves the dead as a recorder of their deeds and as a final spokesman on their behalf in the halls of Judgement.
…Rev. Bantik, in Modern Egyptian Ritual Magick