A young girl stopped in the center of the bustling marketplace and glared at the sky where the gods Ra and Apollo were locked in battle. She knew it would not be long before the golden rays of the sun would be blotted out by their dark smoke. "Fools," she muttered as her form assumed its true austerity, causing the people to stare in silence, for they realized they were standing in the sublime presence of Anubis.
Anubis is the Greek name for a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion. Like many ancient Egyptian deities, Anubis assumed different roles in various contexts. Depicted as a protector of graves, Anubis was also an embalmer. Anubis 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 was depicted in black, a color that symbolized both rebirth and the discoloration of the corpse after embalming.