Anubis – The Jackal God and Guide into the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife

Anubis – The Jackal God and Guide into the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife

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Papyrus Jumilhac.

Papyrus Jumilhac. (CC BY-SA 3.0 )

For centuries, people believed that tomb robbers would be punished by Anubis as he was the guardian of the dead. Moreover, it was believed that good people would be protected by him and their eternal life would be peaceful and happy due to his care.

A Pop-Culture Change

Anubis received many additional powers and attributes from modern popular culture. The mysterious god became a popular character in books, video games, and movies during the 20th and the first years of the 21st centuries. Modern artists often imagine Anubis’ powers as something more sinister than Ancient Egyptians did. His bad reputation was created by fear and for modern entertainment value.

In the past, there was a belief that people didn’t have a choice over their destinies, but there was hope that the jackal god would allow them to enter the afterlife and enjoy it forever.

Top image: Illustration of Anubis by SirenD/Devianart

By Natalia Klimczak


Geraldine Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt, 1994.
Richard H. Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, 2003.
Jadwiga Lipińska, Marek Marciniak, Mitologia starożytnego Egiptu, 1986.
Gods of Ancient Egypt: Anubis, available at:


"nub-tA-djser" I think that's a typo; nub = gold (e.g. Nubia), Neb means lord.

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