Origin of AnubisClassical Latin from Classical Greek Anoubis from Egyptian Anpu
Egypt. Myth. the god who leads the dead to judgment: usually represented with the head of a jackal
A jackal-headed Egyptian god, the son of Osiris. He conducted the dead to the underworld.
Origin of AnubisLatin Anūbis from Greek Anoubis from Egyptian jnpw
detail of a relief of Anubis in the Tomb of Horemheb, Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt
From Latin Anūbis, from Ancient Greek Ἄνουβις (Anoubis), from Egyptian jnpw
- ANUBIS (in Egyptian Anup, written Inpw in hieroglyphs), the name of one of the most important of the Egyptian gods.
- The domestic dog would be brought into the sacred circle through the increased veneration for animals, and the more pronounced view in later times of Anubis as servant, messenger and custodian of the gods.
- Anubis was the principal god in the capitals of the XVIIth and XVIIIth nomes of Upper Egypt, and secondary god in the XIIIth and probably in the XIIth nome; but his cult was universal.
- In the scene of the weighing of the soul before Osiris, dating from the New-kingdom onwards, Anubis attends to the balance while Thoth registers the result.
- Anubis was believed to have been the embalmer of Osiris: the mummy of Osiris, or of the deceased, on a bier, tended by this god, is a very common subject on funerary tablets of the late periods.