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
Nashay M. Pendleton
Anubis is the Greek translation for the Kemetic/Egyptian Anpu . He is the Jackal-headed Kemetic god of the dead. Although fearsome in appearance, Anubis is recognized as being a caring and nurturing god. He holds power over the spirits of the dead on their journeys after death. He is the personification of the Summer Solstice because he is associated with opening the way to the after-world. Anubis was integral in the conveyance of the dead seeking entrance into the Afterlife. There is a quality of creation to his activities. He is credited with creating the process of embalming and mummification, and in Kemet/Egypt , he held domain over the cemeteries and protected them against Earthly perils. Anubis was instrumental in the judgment of the Dead and their fate. Satisfactory completion of the judgment trials of Maat permitted the Dead to enter into the Hall of Ausar/Osiris for an eternal Amenti ...