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ANUBIS

Picture of the Egyptian Funerary God ANUBIS from our Egyptian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Egyptian Funerary God

Also known as ANPU, IMEUT, IENPW, INPU, LENPW, YINEPU

Egyptian God of the Dead and Lord Dog of Mummy Wrappings

Give him a bone. He’s the famous funeral God with the black dog’s head. But is he a doberman or a jackal? No-one really knows for sure. ("Down, Anubis down!" No, it must be a jackal.)

Legends disagree who his parents are — some claim OSIRIS was involved while earlier myths claim he is the primordial son of spooky NEPHTHYS and shining RA. Even BAST gets a tongue-in-cheek mention as possible mother. However we reckon he is definitely not the son of Cow Goddess HESA as some sources claim. That’s surely a cross-breed too far.

His morbid occupation goes back to the dawn of time. Death was a serious business to the ancients and ANUBIS ruled over it with grim majesty for eons until OSIRIS took over the job.

Nowadays ANUBIS takes a back seat in funeral matters, but still likes to be involved in the judging of the dead. He holds the scales of justice steady while your soul is weighed. If it’s heavy with the weight of sin, you’ll be fed to AMMIT as punishment. But if you’re light enough he’ll lead you to OSIRIS for the top prize of everlasting afterlife.

ANUBIS FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : ANUBIS
Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Funerals
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ANPU, IMEUT, IENPW, INPU, LENPW, YINEPU
Popularity index : 43278

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Article last updated on 05 March 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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