Anubis In Egyptian Mythology
Anubis, the Egyptian God of mummification and the after life, was a God with a jackal head. He was the most important God of the dead before Osiris came around. This jackal headed God was mentioned in the Old Kingdom pyramid texts as being the one who was associated with the burial of the Pharaoh.
Wife And Daughter
Anubis was married to Anput, she was the female aspect of Anubis. With Anput he had a daughter who is named Kebechet, who was the deification of embalming.
Journey Into The Afterlife
Anubis had many roles in Egyptian Mythology. He was often associated with mummification but another role of his was to protect the dead for their journey into the afterlife. This is why it is believed that he had the head of a jackal and the body of a human. Sometimes he was also depicted as a full jackal since the jackal was a scavenger animal .
The lead embalmer that would lead the embalming process would actually wear an Anubis mask because of his large role in mummification.
This God of the after life was said to have a role in deciding the fate of souls as well.
Who was Anubis's father? It is still confusing who his real father was. At one point it was said that Ra was his father but at another it states that he was the son of Osiris and Nephthys. In the story that states that Osiris is his father, it says that Anubis, along with Isis helped mummify his father. Also if you look at this story Anubis has a half brother, Horus The Younger, who was the son of Osiris and Isis.
More Interesting Information
Like the Greek Gods and Goddesses, Anubis has some symbols that are associated with him. They include the jackal, ox-hide hanging from a pole, embalming, flail and flags.
The Egyptians worshiped Anubis in hopes that they could invoke him to help protect their deceased from the jackals and even from natural decay of bodies that were unprotected.
I have always enjoyed Egyptian Mythology, from the first time I heard about it in school. Anubis was one of their Gods that has always fascinated me. I believe it is because of his deep connection with the afterlife and mummification process. For it is this process that made my curiosity grow in their beliefs.
Another reason why I find him to be interesting his that his head is that of a jackal, which is a canine animal. I love canines, therefore I suppose it's only natural that I love learning about this jackal headed God.
Hopefully Anubis will be recognized as often as some of the Greek gods and goddesses are in today's media. I think people do not think of him as often as they once had. My hopes are that this will change.
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