And whereas there are many that say that the soul
of Typhon himself took its flight into these animals, this
tale may be looked upon to signify that every irrational and
brutal nature appertains to the share of the evil Daemon.
And therefore, when they would pacify him and speak him
fair, they make their court and addresses to these animals.
But if there chance to happen a great and excessive
drought which, above what is ordinary at other times,
brings along with it either wasting diseases or other
monstrous and prodigious calamities, the priests then conduct into a dark place, with great silence and stillness,
some of the animals which are honored by them; and they
first of all menace and terrify them, and if the mischief
still continues, they then consecrate and offer them up,
looking upon this as a way of punishing the evil God, or
at least as some grand purgation in time of greatest disasters. For, as Manetho relateth, they were used in ancient
times to burn live men in the city of Ilithyia, entitling them
Typhonian; and then they made wind, and dispersed and
scattered their ashes into the air. And this was done
publicly, and at one only season of the year, which was
the dog-days. But those consecrations of the animals
worshipped by them which are made in secret, and at
irregular and uncertain times of the year as occasions require, are wholly unknown to the vulgar sort, except only
at the time of their burials, at which they produce certain
other animals, and in the presence of all spectators throw
them into the grave with them, thinking by this means to
vex Typhon and to abate the satisfaction he received by
their deaths. For it is the Apis, with a few more, that is
thought sacred to Osiris; but the far greater part are assigned to Typhon. And if this account of theirs be true,
I believe it explains the subject of our enquiry as to such
animals as are universally received and have their honors
in common amongst them all; and of this kind is the ibis,
the hawk, the cynocephalos, and the Apis himself;...
for so they call the goat which is kept at Mendes.