god of mummification

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Favorite Egyptian Deity → Anubis

Cry out to Anubis as the jackal cries out to the desert! With gentle hands He rips out the heart, the mind and gilds them in golden jars. With firm grip is the linen wrapped around our fragile bodies. Amulets of copper, gold, lapis and carnelian are tucked between the folds to guide our ka to the afterlife. Gentle God, keep us from fading into the starry Duat; may Your sacred words guide us to Osiris.

XV. The Devil - Power of possession, manipulation but also vitality, strength, creative power, sensuality, humor
Anubis - God of the dead, mummification, guide in the underworld, the one who weighs the hearts

So. Hello, Reyes, you shady bastard.

I went crazy with the symbolics. I mean. There is too much of it in this character and I couldn’t resist. The tarot, his past, his … call it present/possible future. Mixed all of it together. I know that Anubis isn’t really the representative of the Devil, but. I just went for it anyway, because the card suits Reyes’ character too well. <3

Also no, I certainly didn’t think I’d dust my old Book of the Dead off to look for references for a scifi fanart. Aka I was looking for the goddamn heart, because I had no idea how to draw it. Hahah.

anubis · jackal god of mummification

The jackal-god of mummification, he assisted in the rites by which a dead man was admitted to the underworld. Anubis was worshipped as the inventor of embalming and who embalmed the dead Osiris and thereby helping to preserve him that he might live again.

Anubis is portrayed as a man with the head of a jackal holding the divine sceptre carried by kings and gods; as simply a black jackal or as a dog accompanying Isis. His symbol was a black and white ox-hide splattered with blood and hanging from a pole. It’s meaning is unknown.

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ANUBIS (/əˈnuːbᵻs/ or /əˈnjuːbᵻs/ )  ;  is the Egyptian God associated with mummification.  Though once the foremost god of the underworld, over time he became specifically tasked with the process of embalming and funeral rites.  Being the adoptive son of Osiris, it is he who preforms the act of the weighing of the heart upon one’s entrance into the land of the dead, and thus determining the fate of the deceased.  One of Anubis’s most notable tasks was the guiding of souls into the afterlife, and in this the abandoning of those deemed guilty to Ammit.  His name is derived from the same root as the word for “royal child”, though it can also be determined to be closely related to the term for  “ to  d e c a y .” 

The signs as mythological creatures

Aries : Griffin ( Greek )
- a legendary creature with the body, tail and back legs of a lion ; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle’s talons as its front feet. The lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.

Taurus : Auðumbla ( Norse )
- a primeval cow ; Auðumbla’s name appears in different variations in Prose Edda manuscripts. In some legends Auðumbla licked man called Búri out of ice blocks.

Gemini : Huginn and Muninn ( Norse )
- two ravens that fly all over the world and bring informations to the god Odin ; Odin gave them the ability to speak.

Cancer : Rain Bird ( Native American )
- a bird who bought rain ; the rain is symbolised as the bringer of life by the Native Americans. The Rain Bird was also often drawn on some of the Native American pottery; it brought life by watering their plants and hence, giving food & water to the animals they hunted.

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Real talk about Reyes Vidal

I want to begin by saying that I love this character. I think he is one of the better written characters in Andromeda, but there is something off about him. He makes you feel that way about him because he constantly reminds you , as does everyone else, that he’s not a good man. I have no doubt that he genuinely has feelings for Ryder, but I don’t think it’s going to end well. I feel like he may have been the one to kill Jien Garson. a.) when you investigate her murder, you are told it was a man that killed her. check. b.) It had to be someone who woke up before the uprising, Reyes admits he was awake, but did not participate in the uprising. check. c.) the person that killed Garson is no longer on the Nexus. check. Not to mention that his code name was Anubis (the god of death/mummification), and the implications that has. Reyes has two other nicknames Shana(meaning mouth- he’s good with his…words) and Charlatan (someone who pretends to be someone they aren’t a fraud.). A lot of us look at Reyes as a man of the people, he freed them from Sloane and even gave up ruling in favor of an Angara ruler. He seems like a really great guy, but isn’t that the charade? Why he’s the Charlatan? For someone who wants to be somebody, he’s really avoiding being someone: a leader, an assassin, a hero.  Reyes is definitely a morally gray character, which is why I like him. Is he connected to the benefactor? Is he acting on his own accord? Who does Reyes Vidal want to be?

A Girl Called Mike - Part Three

Pairing: Dean × Reader 

Word Count: Around 4500

Summary: The reader disguises herself during hunting jobs as a man named Mike and has met up with the Winchesters several times. They are unaware of her true identity. Feeling they know and trust Mike, they agree to invite the reader to the bunker.

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Part 2

Warnings: Language, Violence 

This is purely for a hobby and my enjoyment. Maybe some of you will enjoy it too. I am by no means a writer so I apologize in advance for any mistakes or grammatical/spelling errors. I appreciate any feedback or suggestions! 

Special thanks and shout out to @misguidedconqueress for reviewing, editing, suggestions, and as always putting up with me.

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You started to panic with each step, and not just from the pain. If Dean got anywhere near this wound, there would be a least two things he would be bound to notice.

Dean leaned your back against the hood of the Impala while he went to dig through the truck looking for first aid supplies. You kept a hand pressed on the wound, suspecting the wrap you used to conceal your figure was helping to keep the injury contained and compressed.

“Dean, Seriously.” You gasped out, your act failing with each passing minute. “You should update Sam.”

“That can wait.” Dean replied frazzled, unable to locate the first aid supplies. In the meantime he brought you an old T-Shirt you could use to sop up some of the blood. “You afraid I’ll see you cry or something?” Dean questioned, trying to lighten the mood.

“Fuck off.” You clenched your jaw; annoyed with his joke, being much more concerned about what he would actually see. You rolled your eyes knowing ‘Mike’ would have a comeback. “Just afraid you’ll faint from the gore, Winchester.” You paused, trying to get the pain under control. “Then I’ll have to save both our asses.”

You heard Dean softly chuckle followed by the slam of the trunk. Your eyes widened seeing Dean had returned with a bottle of vodka, a fishing hook, and fishing line.

“Quit stalling and suck it up.” Dean joked nervously as he started to sterilize the hook with his lighter.

Your free hand gently scratched the false stubble on your jaw as to tried to think of a distraction. There was no way you could possibly outrun him to your car.

“From what I saw, there is possibly another victim out there. You and Sam need to focus on that. I can patch myself up.” You said eagerly trying to convince him. His earnestly green eyes searched yours. “I’ve had worse.” You lied.

“I can’t just leave you like this…. We’ll make it quick.” Dean explained, torn between the situations.

“I’ll be fine.” You gave one last shot to convince him. “Call if I need to…” When Dean didn’t argue back you asked, “Just help me to my car, alright?”

Dean sighed, still unsure of leaving you alone but gave into your demands, and helped support you walking over to the car. After helping you in, he left the supplies on your passenger seat.

“If I don’t hear from you in a half hour…” He warned.

“I’ll be dead in a ditch,” You sarcastically remarked, realizing too late you were not helping your case. “Don’t even worry about it.” You tried to assure.

“Be safe.” Dean patted the hood of your car before shutting you in.

You watched to ensure he’d make it safely back to his Impala, slightly concerned that thing might pop up again. Once you were satisfied, you grunted from the effort it took to put your car in gear. Dean followed you down the road. You fretted that he might have changed his mind and was following you to the motel. But a few minutes later, you sighed in relief as he turned left at an intersection.

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STORYTIME: A few months ago, when I decided to add DEITIES artwork to my eternally-WIP portfolio site, I realized that the best way to save gallery space, was to combine the pairs of colors tests onto a single canvas. Doing so helped condense the image count for that portion of my gallery and even tidy up some layouts, and I ended up liking the results!  

However, I debated for the longest time whether or not the updated color tests were worth posting again since… I’m essentially sharing fairly old artwork in a different format >> But then I figured ehh, why not. At least for this version, everyone can view their deity- and animal forms side by side, and this one can be directly linked to the blog from the start o)7

With that said, I did cut out a few details from some of them to make them fit, so anyone can view the original deity forms HERE and the animal forms HERE.

Additionally, all the character designs are being gradually “updated” as I practice drawing them. Their respective tags, along with a larger supporting cast of deities, can be found on the Characters page of the project blog.

At some point, I hope to revisit these and draw updated references and/or model sheet for the main cast. But until then feel free to view and share these early color tests, and thanks again for everyone’s continued support!

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Anubis

One of the more iconic and well known of the Egyptian gods, Anubis is the Greek name associated with the notorious god of mummification and the afterlife. Portrayed as a man with a canine head (most likely jackal), Anubis played quite a few roles in ancient Egyptian religion. As early as the First Dynasty in Egypt ( c. 3100- c. 28900 BC), Anubis played the role of the embalmer– which is highly likely as to why his head is black much like what happens to the body in this process. By the time of the Middle Kingdom (c. 2055-1650 BC), Anubis was replaced as the lord of the underworld by Orisis (who is believed to be his father in some cases). However, Anubis was given the role to weigh hearts on a scale. What did that mean? That meant that he would judge whether or not if a soul could enter the realm of the dead. In a way, he was the judge of the underworld. He was also the guide of souls to the afterlife at one point in time. Regardless of which role(s) he played, Anubis was and is the icon of the underworld and afterlife in Egyptian mythology. Statues of him can be found in countless tombs of past pharaohs of Egypt in countless pyramids and hieroglyphs (and even in graves of many others) as he is also the protector of tombs.   

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The signs as mythological creatures

Aries : Griffin ( Greek )
- a legendary creature with the body, tail and back legs of a lion ; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle’s talons as its front feet. The lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.

Taurus : Auðumbla ( Norse )
- a primeval cow ; Auðumbla’s name appears in different variations in Prose Edda manuscripts. In some legends Auðumbla licked man called Búri out of ice blocks.

Gemini : Huginn and Muninn ( Norse )
- two ravens that fly all over the world and bring informations to the god Odin ; Odin gave them the ability to speak.

Cancer : Rain Bird ( Native American )
- a bird who bought rain ; the rain is symbolised as the bringer of life by the Native Americans. The Rain Bird was also often drawn on some of the Native American pottery; it brought life by watering their plants and hence, giving food & water to the animals they hunted.

Leo : Bennu ( Egyptian )
- a bird who made himself into a deity and played a role in the creation of the world ; Bennu is often linked with the Sun, creation and rebirth. Its name is related to the Egyptian verb wbn, meaning “to rise in brilliance” or “to shine”.

Virgo : Callisto/Kallisto ( Greek )
- a nymph and follower of Artemis ; she and the other followers made the vow to remain as a virgin. Zeus disguised himself as Artemis to have sex with her. Hera recognized the affair when Callisto was pregnant. Enraged with wrath she turned the nymph and her child into bears who where set afterwards among the stars.

Libra : Sirin ( Russian, Greek )
- birds with woman heads who lured men into death ; According to myth, the Sirins lived “in Indian lands” near Eden or around the Euphrates River. They are based on the Greek myths about sirens.

Scorpio : Camazotz ( Mayan )
- a bat god ; Camazotz means “death bat” in the K'iche’ language. In Mesoamerica the bat was associated with night, death, and sacrifice.

Sagittarius : Pabilsaĝ ( Babylonian )
- a sagittarius-like creature / god with a scorpion tail ; he was a tutelary god of the city of Isin. The consort of the goddess Nininsinna, Pabilsaĝ was identified with the lost city of Larak. He was given the epithet of “the wild bull with multicoloured legs”.

Capricorn : Strix ( Roman, Greek )
- an owl that eats human flesh ; an ill omen ; with their long golden beaks they suck their victims blood. They have red wings, four black legs with clawed feet and round, yellow eyes with no pupils.

Aquarius : Anubis ( Egyptian )
- jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife ; He attended the weighing scale during the “Weighing of the Heart,” in which it was determined whether a soul would be allowed to enter the realm of the dead.

Pisces : Adarna ( Philippines )
- a bird that has healing powers, put people to sleep, and turn people into stone ; Adarna showed up in the book Ibong Adarna from the 15th century as an eponymous magical bird.

!! Some orders might be wrong. It’s my first post for the signs, so some of the creatures don’t fit to their zodiac signs and reversed :3 !!

The Sons of Horus:
The earliest reference to these four gods is found in the Pyramid texts where they are said to be the children and also the ‘souls’ of Horus. They are also called the 'friends of the king’ and assist the deceased monarch in ascending into the sky (PT 1278-79). The same gods were also known as the sons of Osiris and were later said to be members of the group called 'the seven blessed ones’ whose job was to protect the netherworld god’s coffin. Their afterlife mythology led to important roles in the funerary assemblage, particularly in association with the containers now traditionally called canopic jars in which the internal organs of the deceased were preserved. At first the stoppers of these jars were often carved into the shape of human heads representing the head of the deceased, but from the 18th dynasty they were carved in the form of the four sons of Horus who had become the patron deities of their contents. Each deity was in turn said to be guarded by one of the funerary goddesses, though there was some variation in this linkage. The group may have been based on the symbolic completeness of the number four alone, but they are often given geographic associations and hence became a kind of 'regional’ group.
The four gods were the human-headed Imsety who guarded the liver (and who was himself guarded by Isis); the baboon-headed Hapy who guarded the lungs (protected by Nephthys); the jackal-headed Duamutef who guarded the stomach (often protected by Neith); and the falcon-headed Qebesenuef, guardian of the intestines (who was often protected by Serket). The four gods were sometimes depicted on the sides of the canopic chest and had specific symbolic orientations, with Imsety usually being aligned with the south, Hapy with the north, Duamutef with the east and Qebesenuef with the west. They were also depicted on the long sides of coffins and sarcophagi with Hapy and Qebesenuef being placed on the west side while Imsety and Duamutef were placed on the east. During the Third Intermediate Period embalming practices changed and the preserved organs were returned to the body cavity, each with an amulet of its respective son of Horus attached. Later similar figures of the four gods were also often stitched onto the outside of the wrapped mummy.
In the vignettes of the various funerary texts the four sons of Horus could be represented in differing ways. In the Book of the Dead they may be shown as diminutive figures standing on a lotus blossom before the throne of Osiris, and on the third funerary shrine of Tutankhamun they appear as heads fused with the body of a protective serpent. In late New Kingdom times the sons of Horus were also represented as star gods in the northern sky.
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The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt By Richard H. Wilkinson

Image: The four sons of Horus depicted as mummiform figures and as deities on a stylized mound. The four deities became increasingly important in the Egyptian mortuary sphere. Papyrus of Anhai, British Museum

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Hey everyone! Continuing my run for this year’s #Inktober challenge, where my theme is character designs from my DEITIES Project. These are my entries for days 11-20, and you can view the previous set of Days 1-10 HERE !

Also, I have a bit of bonus inks as well from the past couple weekend, that couldn’t fit in the photoset – some awesome Egyptian demons /o/

Since caption aren’t ideal for fitting everything, some brief information about each of the deities (and the bonus demons) is under the cut!

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For @hynpos2 week myth event: Day 3: favorite egyptian deity ➡ Anubis

Anubis or Anpu is the Greek name of a god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion, usually depicted as a canine or a man with a canine head. Anubis assumed different roles in various contexts. Depicted as a protector of graves as early as the First Dynasty (c. 3100 – c. 2890 BC), Anubis was also an embalmer. By the Middle Kingdom (c. 2055 – 1650 BC) he was replaced by Osiris in his role as lord of the underworld. One of his prominent roles was as a god who ushered souls into the afterlife. He attended the weighing scale during the “Weighing of the Heart,” in which it was determined whether a soul would be allowed to enter the realm of the dead.

Anubis.

Anubis is the Greek name for a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion. According to the Akkadian transcription in the Amarna letters, Anubis’ name was vocalized in Egyptian as Anapa. The oldest known mention of Anubis is in the Old Kingdom pyramid texts, where he is associated with the burial of the pharaoh. At this time, Anubis was the most important god of the dead but he was replaced during the Middle Kingdom by Osiris.

He takes names in connection with his funerary role, such as He who is upon his mountain, which underscores his importance as a protector of the deceased and their tombs, and the title He who is in the place of embalming, associating him with the process of mummification. Like many ancient Egyptian deities, Anubis assumes different roles in various contexts. Anubis also attends the weighing scale in the Afterlife during the “Weighing Of The Heart”. Anubis’ wife is a goddess called Anput. His daughter is the goddess Kebechet.

Anubis was associated with the mummification and protection of the dead for their journey into the afterlife. He was usually portrayed as a half human – half jackal, or in full jackal form wearing a ribbon and holding a flail in the crook of its arm. The jackal [Note: recent genetic studies show that the Egyptian jackal is actually a form of the grey wolf and it has thus been renamed the “Egyptian Wolf” was strongly associated with cemeteries in ancient Egypt, since it was a scavenger which threatened to uncover human bodies and eat their flesh. The distinctive black color of Anubis “did not have to do with the jackal [per se] but with the color of rotting flesh and with the black soil of the Nile valley, symbolizing rebirth.” The only known depiction of him in fully human form is in the tomb of Ramesses II in Abydos.

Anubis is depicted in funerary contexts where he is shown attending to the mummies of the deceased or sitting atop a tomb protecting it. In fact, during embalming, the “head embalmer” wore an Anubis costume. The critical weighing of the heart scene in the Book of the Dead also shows Anubis performing the measurement that determined the worthiness of the deceased to enter the realm of the dead (the underworld, known as Duat). New Kingdom tomb-seals also depict Anubis sitting atop the nine bows that symbolize his domination over the enemies of Egypt.

One of the roles of Anubis was “Guardian of the Scales”. Deciding the weight of “truth” by weighing the heart against Ma'at, who was often depicted as an ostrich feather, Anubis dictated the fate of souls. In this manner, he was a Lord of the Underworld, only usurped by Osiris.

In the Osiris myth, Anubis helped Isis mummifying Osiris. Indeed, when the Myth of Osiris and Isis emerged, it was said that when Osiris had been killed by Set, Osiris’ organs were given to Anubis as a gift. With this connection, Anubis became the patron god of embalmers: during the funerary rites of mummification, illustrations from the Book of the Dead often show a priest wearing the jackal mask supporting the upright mummy.

In later times, during the Ptolemaic period, Anubis was merged with the Greek god Hermes, becoming Hermanubis. The centre of this cult was in uten-ha/Sa-ka/ Cynopolis, a place whose Greek name simply means “city of dogs”. In Book XI of “The Golden Ass” by Apuleius, we find evidence that the worship of this god was maintained in Rome at least up to the 2nd century. Indeed, Hermanubis also appears in the alchemical and hermetical literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Although the Greeks and Romans typically scorned Egypt’s animal-headed gods as bizarre and primitive (Anubis was known to be mockingly called “Barker” by the Greeks), Anubis was sometimes associated with Sirius in the heavens, and Cerberus in Hades. In his dialogues, Plato has Socrates utter, “by the dog” (kai me ton kuna), “by the dog of Egypt”, “by the dog, the god of the Egyptians”, for emphasis.

In early mythology, Anubis was portrayed as a son of Ra. Anubis’ parentage changes over time, Nephthys becomes his mother in later myths, while his father is said to be either Set or Osiris.

The weighing of the heart ceremony was an important factor of the Egyptian mythology. In this ceremony, the heart was weighed by Anubis, against an ostrich feather representing Maat or truth. If the heart was heavier than the feather the soul would be devoured by Ammit.