Anubis: Ruler of the Underworld
I am Anubis, Absolute Ruler of the Underworld. I am Egyptian. My face and arms are black, and my ears stick upright out of the top of my head. I have thick legs that taper to a fine, upright heel, with paws that allow me to pivot in my work. Some people have referred to me as a jackal, or a wolf. Those canids could not withstand the rigors of my job.
I am an embalmer. A mummifier. In ancient times, I raided cemeteries and dug up freshly buried corpses to consume them. But no longer. I now preserve death.
In addition, I judge the dead. In fact, I am the Guardian of the Scales. No one else has such an important role as me. When a dead person is brought before me, I take my instructions directly from the Book of the Dead. I am told to follow Ma’at, or truth. Ma’at involves the propriety of the person’s life, and it is symbolized by a feather. I place the feather on one side of the Scale of Judgment and the person’s heart on the other.
If the feather is heavier, I ascend with the dead person to further existence in Heaven.
If the heart is heavier than the feather, then at once the person is consumed by a female demon, Ammit, who is known as “the devourer of the dead.”
Thus the dead are an example to the living. This is my role.
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