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Wepwawet

by Micha F. Lindemans
The ancient Egyptian jackal god of war and the funerary cult. He was a cemetary god at Asyut (Siut). His name means "opener of the ways"; he opened the ways for the armies of the Pharaos and for the spirits of the dead. He was depicted on the shedshed, the standard which led the armies to the battlefields. Wepwawet originated in Upper Egypt, but symbolized the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. He was worshipped as the god of death in Abydos, where he led the processions at the feasts of Osiris. His Greek name is Ophois.

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  • Also known as:
    Upuaut
    Wep-wawet
    Ophois

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