Anubis Picture

Anubis is a jackel-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in egyptian mythology. Anubis was the god to protect the dead and help bring them to the afterlife. He has the head of a jackel so he may disguise himself while walking around and looking for lost souls. Jackels are associated with cemetaries in Eygpt since they were scavangers and would try to dig up human bodies and eat their flesh. The distinctive black color of Anubis "did not have to do with the jackal but with the color of rotting flesh and with the black soil of the Nile valley, symbolizing rebirth". Anubis is depicted in funerary contexts where he is shown attending to the mummies of the deceased or sitting atop a tomb protecting it. In fact, during embalming, the "head embalmer" wore an Anubis costume. The critical weighing of the heart scene in Book of the Dead also show Anubis performing the measurement that determined the worthiness of the deceased to enter the realm of the dead.

made on GIMP. i've recently been into the whole Anubis thing because i was in Olympia looking around the shops and found a little rack with cards of your astrologies and zodiacs from different countries around the world. apparently, since i was born in July, my egyptian astrology symbol is Anubis. :]]
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