God of Death, Tombs, Mummification, Embalming and the Underworld
Set (father), Nephthys (mother), Anput (wife), Wepwawet (brother), Kebechet (daughter)
Anubis takes the form of a man with a canine head, as his sacred animal is the African golden wolf. He is depicted in black, the colour of rich soil and an embalmed corpse.
- Anubis was once Lord of the Egyptian Underworld (cf. Hades, Hel, Tuchulcha), but later was replaced in this role by Osiris
- Another of his roles was to act as chief psychopomp, i.e. one responsible for ushering dead souls from the mortal realm into the realm of the afterlife
- He is primarily associated with mummification, embalming, graves, cemeteries and tombs
- His name in the original Egyptian is derived from words whose roots mean both "royal child" and "decay"