Anput

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Anput
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Symboljackal, canopic jars, mummy gauze
ConsortAnubis
OffspringKebechet
Hathor, Pharaoh Menkaura, and Anput

Anput is a goddess in ancient Egyptian religion. Her name is written in hieroglyphs as jnpwt (reconstructed in Middle Egyptian as /ʔan.ˈpa.wat/ or /jan.ˈpa.wat/).[1] In English, her name is also rendered Anupet, Input, Inpewt and Yineput.[1] As the female version of her husband Anubis, who was known as jnpw to the Egyptians, Anput's name ends in a feminine "t" suffix. She is the goddess of funerals and mummification, as well as the mother of Kebechet and possibly Ammit.

She was often depicted as a pregnant or nursing jackal, a jackal wielding knives. She is also depicted as a woman, with the headdress of a jackal laying down with a feather. Probably the most notable example is that of the triad of Menkaure, Hathor and Anput. She was occasionally depicted as a woman with the head of a jackal, but this is very rare.[2]

Mythology[edit]

Anput is a female counterpart of the god Anubis.[3] She is also a goddess of the seventeenth nome of Upper Egypt.[4] She is also considered the protector of Osiris' body.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Seawright, Caroline (October 8, 2001). "Anubis, God of Embalming and Guide and Friend of the Dead". Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  2. ^ Hill, J (2010). "Gods of ancient Egypt: Anput". Ancient Egypt Online. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. p. 190
  4. ^ DuQuesne, Terence (2007), Anubis, Upwawet, and Other Deities: Personal Worship and Official Religion in Ancient Egypt, p. 20