7 Animals That Were Regarded as Gods in Ancient Egypt


Anubis. Source: Wikimedia


The first deity that comes to mind when a jackal is mentioned is Anubis, king of the underworld. It is believed that he was associated with the animal (as well as depicted with its head) because jackals were thought to be the guides to the recently deceased – they always ran around deserts where the tombs and pyramids were normally constructed. Anubis’ associate Wepwawet also was a part of the introduction to the underworld and he was also often depicted as a jackal or a man with jackal’s head.

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