Gods and Goddesses


Role: God of mummification

Appearance: Jackal or a jackal-headed man

Sacred animals: jackal

Relations with other gods: Nephthys (mother), Set (father)

Anubis was worshipped widely throughout Egypt. In one myth, Anubis restored eternal life to Osiris so he could go on to rule the world of the dead.

As the god of mummification, Anubis was believed to watch over the process to make sure it was done correctly. The chief embalmer would wear a mask of Anubis to represent his presence during the mummification process.

Anubis also escorted the souls of the dead to the afterlife, and participated in a special judgement ceremony called "The Weighing of the Heart" which determined whether or not the person could go on to Osiris.


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