Sunday, May 30, 2010


 "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God."
Leviticus 26:1

I have recently be trying to broaden my horizons as far as the internet goes. I came across a Indian web site and after I read it, I knew I had to blog about it.
A community in Karnataka India has established a temple to pay respects to worship man's best friend - the dog. Dog worship is not uncommon, especially in the old world.

In ancient Egypt dogs were loved and were treated with 'great respect'. Dogs received burial in family tombs and family members would shave their heads in mourning at the death of a family dog.  In the predynastic period, the Egyptians buried dogs with plenty of goods for the afterlife the same way they buried humans. Later, dog mummies were made with great care and expense. 

Socrates referred to Anubis when he swore "by the Dog of Egypt." 
 During Roman times, mummified dogs were placed at Anubis temples.

Another pagan god who appeared most often in the form of a dog was Set. 

He was a god of the desert and the storm and was best known for his conflict with Osiris, and Osiris's son Horus. Although portrayed as a number of animals and also as a human, Set was most usually represented as a dog.
One hieroglyph variant of his name has an image of his dog form somewhat resembling a greyhound.
Originally Set was the equal of Osiris, but as he and his son Horus rose in popularity, Set became more demonic in quality. Set became the practical equivalent of the devil. 

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (2Corinthians 6:16)
As the most widespread and probably the oldest domesticated animal, the relationship between dog and humans has always had aura of mystery. Some believe that the domestication of the dog led directly to the domestication of other animals and was thus was a major turning point in the history of humans.
The dog has learned to adapt to living with humans to a degree finer than any other animal.
In Karnataka, India the dog is believed to work alongside the village deity.  There are two idols in the temple representing the two faces of the animal. In Hinduism, the religion followed by the majority in India cows are also adorned with divinity.

this is where the term 'holy cow' comes from.
(Not Bart Simpson)  

"What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils" (1 Corinthians 10:19-21).
To view the Karnataka Dog Temple Web site article click here:

May the Lord add a blessing to the meditation of His Word.

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