Anubis: Protector of the Dead

Anubis is the god of mummification and protector of the dead.  He was usually portrayed as half animal like a jackal or a dog.  Anubis is a son of Ra in early myths, but later he is known as the son of Osiris and Nephthys and in this role he helped Isis mummify his dead father.  When Osiris died his organs were given to Anubis as a gift.  With this conection Anubis became patron god of embalmers.  During the funerary rites of mummification illustrations from the Book of the Dead often show a priest wearing the jackal mask supporting the upright mummy.  Anubis half -brother is Horus the yonger, son of Osiris and Isis.

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