Job:
Family: Buffalo
Crystal: Ice
Weak to: Water Crystal

Notorious Monster

Zone

Level

Drops

Steal

Spawns

Notes

Bearclaw Pinnacle

1

A

A = Aggressive; NA = Non-Aggresive; L = Links; S = Detects by Sight; H = Detects by Sound;
HP = Detects Low HP; M = Detects Magic; Sc = Follows by Scent; T(S) = True-sight; T(H) = True-hearing
JA = Detects job abilities; WS = Detects weaponskills; Z(D) = Asleep in Daytime; Z(N) = Asleep at Nighttime

Notes:


Historical Background

In Egyptian mythology, Apis was a sacred bull. It was a large black bull with special markings on it, specifically a white triangle on the forehead, white markings on the back resembling the outline of vulture's wings, a white crescent moon on its right flank, a scarab shaped mark on the lower side of its tongue, and double hairs on its tail. Whenever one of these bulls was born, it was worshiped, and when it died, it was buried in a sarcophagus. 60 separate tombs were found in Memphis to various Apis bulls. The Apis early in Egyptian mythological history was considered the Ka (power, spirit, lifeforce) of Ptah, patron deity of Memphis and creator of the world (he was depicted as a mummified man with a fake beard, skullcap, and holding a staff which combined an ankh, djed, and was). As such, it was also considered a symbol of the pharaoh and thus embodied the qualities of a pharaoh's power to rule. Later, as Ptah was absorbed into Osiris, Apis became affiliated with Osiris. Such bulls were brought to a temple and given a harem of cows. The movements of the Apis were considered prophecies which if analyzed would provide some oracular insight. The Apis' breath was also believed to cure disease and its presence endow virility. Upon death, this Apis would reincarnate in another bull. When Osiris absorbed Ptah in the Egyptian pantheon, practices changed slightly, with the Apis bull being ritually killed in a grand ceremony when it turned 28 years old. The pharaoh and priests would eat parts of the Apis bull in an effort to obtain some of its great strength. The term Holy Cow would technically be inaccurate since Apis always referred to a bull, not a cow.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.