Anubis. The God of the Underworld. The Keeper of the Dead. The Bringer of Death. Death Personified.

If you were an Ancient Egyptian you would want Anubis on your side. If you had fallen out of favour with him then you had better do something to change it. And you better do it quick.

Anubis is the Greek turn on the Egyptian name. Before the 7th century BC, Anubis was known as Anpu or Inpu. The Greek namesake stuck.

The oldest known textual mention of Anubis is in the Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom (2686- 2181 BC), where he is associated with the burial of the pharaoh.

Anubis was also the Guardian of the Scales. He was a critical component during the Weighing of the Heart ceremony. If the deceased’s heart weighed the same as the feather of Maat then that soul would ascend to a heavenly existence. However, if the heart weighed more than the feather it would be devoured by Ammit - quashing any chance of entering the afterlife.

General rule: Be good. Otherwise, you’re in trouble.