Anubis is the Egyptian God of the dead. He is usually depicted as a jackal or a man with the head of a jackal with alert ears, carrying a flail and wearing a red ribbon. He is one of the most well-known of the Egyptian pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. He is in movies such as The Gods of Egypt and in video games like Smite and War Gods.
Anubis is the son of Osiris and Nephthys. When Anubis was born Nephthys had to hide him from her consort Set. She hid Anubis in the Nile’s marshes. The Goddess Isis, wife of Osiris and a mother deity, finds him and raises him as her own.
Osiris left Egypt to tell others his teachings. Anubis went with him. In their travels Set kills Osiris and cuts him up, then strews his body across the globe. Isis is forced to find her husband’s pieces and to put him back together. Anubis steps into his role as God of the dead and binds Osiris in cloth making the first mummy.
Anubis also arranges him father’s funeral. After this Anubis becomes the guide to the dead, leading them to judgement and then to either the throne of Osiris, if they were pure of heart, or the guilty to the Ammit. He also is the protector of the dead as well as master of embalming. Anubis also has the title of Jackal of the Nine Bows. The bows are traditional enemies of Egypt. He gained this honor by taking on and defeating these enemies.
Being a God of so many skills it is no wonder he is so recognized and revered. He makes a brutal foe. He was called upon to protect pharaohs spiritually and physically by sealing their tombs with his image. After waiting for the dead to be mummified, Anubis guided the dead to the halls of Ma ’at and made sure they weighing of the heart was done justly, and then further lead them to their final destination. Because of his renown as a warrior he was viewed as most capable of protecting the dead in any form or stage.
What do you think of this noble God? Would you want him to lead you in the Underworld? Why or why not?