Ancient Egyptian Gods
The Ancient Egyptians had many gods who are represented in human form with the head of a bird or a beast. They generally take on the natural qualites of that creature in mythical stories that explore the universal questions about life, death and the afterlife.
Anubis - the God of the Underworld
Anubis was depicted as a jackal.
- Anubis was the Egyptian god of the underworld who guided the spirits of the dead into the afterlife.
- It was his job to waken the dead for their final judgement and oversee 'the weighing of the heart'.
- This was the method of judgement used to decide if a soul was worthy to enter the underworld.
- He was also the god who invented mummification. After Seth had killed Osiris, Anubis wrapped his body in linen to prevent it from decaying.