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Anubis: The Ancient Egyptian Jackal God

One of the most prominent gods in Egyptian mythology by virtue of the enigmatic visual flair, Anubis (or rather Anpu or Inpu in Egyptian language; Greek form – ‘Anubis’) is/was represented as a jackal-headed entity associated with the rites of embalming the deceased and the related afterlife. Now in spite of this popular modern visual motif, from the historical perspective, Anubis is one of the most ancient deities among the numerous Egyptian gods, with his name appearing in the oldest known mastabas of the First Dynasty (circa 32nd – 29th century BC). To that end, in this article, we will aim to focus on the origins and mythology related to the 5,000-year old Jackal God of the Underworld.

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