There is a reason why Dog spelled backwards is God.
Dogs and their reference in the mythology, as old as art itself, keep looking at us with ironical discomfort. In a society where religion dominates the psyche why not have the positives from the religion? The gods certainly don’t need gold, do they?
In ancient Egypt, the jackal-headed god Anubis was the god of the dead, protector of the afterlife. Closer home in India, Hinduism believes that dogs guard the doors of heaven and hell. Shvan (Sanskrit word for dog) is often mentioned in Vedic texts as a deity and associated with Hindu God Bhairava. The epic Mahabharat has a story on how Yudhisthira had approached the heaven with his dog.
In China, the dog is one of the 12 animals honored in Chinese astrology. The second day of the Chinese New Year is considered to be the birthday of all dogs.
The Catholic Church recognizes Saint Roch (also called Saint Rocco), as the patron saint of dogs. The legend has it that caught by plague while doing charitable work he went into the forest, expecting to die. There he was befriended by a dog which licked his sores and brought him food, and he was able to recover. The feast day of Saint Roch, August 16, is celebrated in Bolivia as the “birthday of all dogs.” St Rochus (St Roch) and his dog are often depicted together in paintings and statues throughout Europe.
Maybe we are looking at it incorrectly. Dog is not God spelt backwards, God is Dog spelt backwards.
What do you think?