It’s also no secret that I add non-Latin gods to my religious life and practices, which is not without its historical precedent. If those deities have been Romanized at some point in time – including in modern times – I may integrate Them into my Roman cultus – including ceremonies to Latin gods; if not, I maintain a separate cult according to Their own traditions. So, for instance, in my New Year ceremony Ingui was honoured side-by-side with Jupiter, Mercury, Diana and others, receiving prayers and offerings in the same manner as Them. But I never mix Khnum with Latin deities in the same ceremony, since I haven’t Romanized Him (and have no plans of doing so).
Once the Divine Potter of the Nile entered my religious life, back in 2011, I guess it was only a matter of time before a dog-headed god joined the festive calendar of a cynophile like me. So I eventually added Anubis to my pantheon and, after mentally working things out for a long time and giving Him offerings at irregular intervals, I finally decided on a yearly feast and celebrated it for the first time yesterday.
In the morning, I prepared a temporary shrine and offerings: a candle, incense, water, bread with cheese, walnuts, and dog biscuits. After washing my hands and face, I approached the shrine, bowed, and made an opening prayer. Then I presented and placed the offerings by the image, starting with the candle, and I also added two bowls of water to be blessed, stored and later poured on family graves between the 13th and 21th. Once the incense had burned out, I again bowed and one by one removed the food offerings from the shrine for consumption. Me and my dogs ate all with the exception of the biscuits: since Anubis is also a god of orphans and abandoned creatures – at least in modern times – I wanted to honour Him by sharing some of the offerings with abandoned animals. So I took the biscuits out and gave them to two stray dogs I found yesterday.
There are a few more things I’d like to add to the Cinocefalia, but the ideas are still mentally maturing. For now, this seems to have been a pretty good first time, suitably integrated in the Roman year – which is, after all, part of my matrix – and hopefully enjoyable by the Dog-Headed God.