God of the Week: Apis
Apis was an ancient Egyptian god that took the form of a bull. Apis worship appears to have begun in Early Dynastic Egypt, ~2800BCE.
Much like a Marval superhero, the Apis Bull was born when an ordinary everyday bull was struck my lightening. At that point it, the divine essence entered into it (much like Jesus in Mark 1). The Apis was characterized with a diamond on it’s head, a scarab under it’s tongue and wings on it’s back.
The Apis wasn’t just a idol, but a real bull that was selected, then brought to a temple to live, where it was pampered. Upon death, the bull was carefully mumified, and, much like the Dali Lama, a new reincarnation was sought out.