Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Asia Austin Colter
Wepwawet, Wp-w3-wt [Wep-wa-wet] (Webwawet, Apuat, Ubuaut, Ubuat, Upuaut, Upwaut, Ophois), became a funerary deity in Kemetic (Egyptian) cosmogony. Wepwawet, originally a war god whose cult center was Asyut (Lycopolis, Cynopolis, city of the wolves) in Upper Kernet, became a deity representative of the winter solstice as Anubis (Jackal-headed god who assisted Aset [Isis] in the resurrection of Asar) and was a deity representative of the summer solstice. Wepwa wet's name means “opener of the ways.” Wepwawet was the opener of the ways in the south (Upper Kernet), whereas Anubis was the opener of the ways in the north (Lower Kernet). Wepwawet's Mdw Ntr (hieroglyphs) ...