September 26, 2017

Anubis




Anubis was a protector of graves and cemeteries and was also associated with mummifications… Anubis was one of the most frequently represented gods in ancient Egyptian art…he was depicted in animal form in the early dynastic period and was portrayed as a black wolf…but why was Anubis black?...researchers say that Anubis's color had nothing to do with that of the coat of real wolves, but instead the color black had several symbolic meanings… it represented the discoloration of the corpse that would occur after its treatment with natron and also the smearing of the wrappings with a resinous substance during the process of mummification…it was also the color of the fertile silt found in the Nile River…Egyptians also believed that black was a symbol of fertility and it also represented the possibility of rebirth in the afterlife… the role of Anubis was often portrayed as guiding individuals across the threshold… from the world of the living to the afterlife…during later times, Anubis was sometimes depicted as a wolf-headed human…there was also an extremely rare depiction of him in fully human form that was found in the tomb of Ramesses II.

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