Painted Papyrus of Anubis
The god of embalming and cemeteries, Anubis is usually
depicted as a jackal or a man with the head of a jackal.
Since jackals were common scavengers in Egyptian burial
sites, the honouring of Anubis in this guise may have
represented a way of protecting the dead from molestation.
Anubis was an ancient deity to whom prayers for the
survival of the deceased in the Afterlife were addressed
before Osiris rose to prominence as the god of the
dead. Anubis continued to assist in the judgement
of the dead and accompanied the deceased to the throne
of Osiris for the ritual of the Weighing of the Heart.