General Info
Title(s) God of Mummification
Hieroglyph <hiero>i-n-p-w-E16</hiero>
Parents Nephthys and Osiris or Set

Anubis (an-uh- biss) is the Greek name for a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology. In the ancient Egyptian language, Anubis is known as Inpu(IN-poo) (variously spelled Anupu(ANOO-poo), Wip, Ienpw etc.). The oldest known mention of Anubis is in the Old Kingdom pyramid texts, where he is associated with the burial of the king.
Anubis jackal

Anubis takes various titles in connection with his funerary role, such as He-Who-Is-Upon-His-Mountain, which underscores his importance as a protector of the deceased and their tombs, and the title He-Who-Is-In-The-Place-Of-Embalming, associating him with the process of mummification. Like many ancient Egyptian deities, Anubis assumes different roles in various contexts, and no public procession in Egypt would be conducted without an Anubis to march at the head.

In Popular Culture

In Video Games

In Film

  • Anubis appears in the 2014 horror The Pyramid. He is depicted as a giant jackal headed monster who hides beneath a buried pyramid, and kills whoever crosses his path by weighing their hearts against the feather of truth, and devouring those who fail the test.
  • In the 2016 action film Gods of Egypt, Anubis appears in the underworld to guide Bek's love interest Zaya on her journey to the afterlife.

In Literature

  • Anubis appears in the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. He is depicted as a sullen teenage boy ( at least when appearing to the Kanes ). He is main character Sadie Kane's love interest, alongside Walt Stone.

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