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Role of Anubis:


Anubis was a funerary god. Over time, his task became holding the scales of judgment. Anubis held the scales that weighed the heart. If the heart was lighter than a feather, the dead would be led by Anubis to Osiris. If heavier, the soul would be destroyed.

Parents of Anubis: Anubis is referred to as the child of Nephthys and Set or Osiris.

Alternative Names of Anubis: Anubis may also have been known as Ienpw, Anpu, Anup, and Wip.

Appearance of Anubis: Anubis is the jackal-headed god of Egypt. His head may actually be a mixture of dog and jackal, either one of which could have been found at the edge of deserts by the cemeteries.

Antiquity of Anubis: The cult of Anubis is very ancient, probably pre-dating that of Osiris. In parts of Egypt, Anubis may have been more important than Osiris. See: Anubis. As well as being ancient, the cult of Anubis lasted a long time, continuing into the second century A.D., and is a feature in the Golden Ass, written by the Roman author Apuleius.

Isis, Horus, and Anubis's Mother Nephthys: Anubis' mother Nephthys exposed her son. Instead of dying, he was found by Isis, who then raised him. Anubis became the attendant of Isis.
Anubis may have been identified with Horus.

 

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