Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Anubis: God of Embalment and Death
I wanted to write this post to give some trivia on my favorite Egyptian god other than Ra. He is my favorite god because he's part jackal. It reminds me of werewolves and all. Okay, here is the trivia along with an image of Anubis.
Did you know Anubis's real name is Anupu or Anpu? Yep. Anubis is actually the greek version of his true name. Most call him Anubis since it matches with the jackal god and it actually sounds really cool.
Did you know that there are three stories as to how Anubis was born? That's right. There are indeed three stories to his birth. Rick Riordan's little field guide is incorrect. E.A. Wallace Budge, a famous British Egyptologist also speaks of what I'm saying. If you think about it, the fact that there are three stories makes sense. The Egyptian Mythology is full of holes and inconsistencies because of its long age. The most popular myth is where Nephthys, Anubis's mother and sister of Isis, got Osiris drunk and impregnated her (nauty, nauthy) with Anubis. My personal favorite is Nephthys is married to Set the god of war and chaos with the head of some unknown creature that has yet to be discovered. I like that version because of Set's animal head. If one thinks about it, Set's bestial head and Nephthys's motherly tranquility create Anubis who is bestial yet calm and server to the dead. The other very interesting myth of Anubis's birth, is that he is a child of Ra. Now if you think about it, the bennu feather, the feather of a phoenix could be a symbol of Ra. Anubis is the weigher of the scales, where the heart is placed to see if the person is worthy of paradies or not. Such a role would be given by a god of light to one of his children. The question now is, which one is correct? Who knows? There are probably many different versions of his birth that I haven't even heard of.
There will be one more trivia but I want to make it an interesting post. I also have to make sure this particular god is real. Get ready for some more Egyptian Trivia.