anubis facts

I hate this because

  • One of these is a sword
  • One of these is a bird
  • Are you actually telling me Terence and Alessi were able to hide their hair in those hoods I think not

anonymous asked:

Important history fact!! While Anubis is traditionally shown as a duality, man and beast, he would only appear as one or the other. (not sure if you knew this or wanted this to affect your writing) This has been your daily Public Service Announcement!!

I know that and it is important as a history fact but since popular culture shows them with animal heads and it helps make them iconic and different from other pantheon deities I’ll probably keep them as such in the book. It also helps people that know the mythology to distinguish the gods quickly, plus it’s a personal preference of mine style-wise.

anonymous asked:

I've also heard that Anubis can be thought of as either transgender or agender? Even though he is often thought of as male supposedly he is (almost?) never depicted with male anatomy?

(This was in response to a reblog that I can’t fucking find to give anyone context. So, let’s just say I answered a blogger’s questions about gender roles based on ancient Egyptian deities.)

Hi anon. I didn’t feel confident or particularly capable in responding to this other than to say, “Uh, what?” I do have a relationship with Anup, but gender and his assignment within has never come up. And honestly, I don’t know much outside of a few snippets, historically speaking, here and there. So, I went to the jackal expert, the owner of Per Sabu to answer.

Her original response was that Anup is ambiguously gendered. Later, she added to that,

Some deities, especially ones who are primarily/originally animals, are only nominally ‘male’ in the texts because that is the default way of depicting and referencing deities whose gender might otherwise be in question or else seen as unimportant. Jackals are also one of those animals where there isn’t a heck of a lot of difference in appearance between males and females. Additionally there is some question about whether or not it may have been Anupet who came first and was the original ‘Anubis.’ In 3D-depictions of Anubis as a jackal, it is rare to find him with an indication of gender which is strange for animal sculpture. Add onto this the fact that Anubis has a long standing association with milk (and milk cows), and has a particularly nurturing role in what he does (he’s a ‘divine midwife’ by any other name.) His symbol, the imywt, can even be considered to be a type of womb for the rebirth of the deceased. Sometimes his titles end up having the feminine -t added to them as well, which could possibly be misspellings but may also indicate that he’s of ambiguous gender. In a very late invocation (Coptic), one finds Anubis being invoked in a passage where it is otherwise female deities who are being called, while in the next passage it is Djehuty named in conjunction with male deities. There are similar oddities in earlier texts. He has both masculine and feminine aspects to his nature, which goes hand in hand with all the other ways in which he’s a liminal deity. He exists between night and day, the black land and the red land, life and death, etc. He’s a very ‘versatile’ and dual-natured god like that.

Anup is ambiguous when it comes to his gender.