Egyptian Gods: Wepwawet

Wepwawet was originally a war god from Upper Egypt. The name Wepwawet also spelled as Wep-wawet, Upuaut, Wepawet or Ophois, whose name means “opener of the way” and is believed a standard that led armies to battle and “opens the way” to king of the champion of royalty.

In Pyramid text it states that Wepwawet to be the one who has separated the sky from the earth, perhaps as the “opener” of the sky”.

Wepwawet also originally known as the funerary deity who portrayed as a jackal headed man with soldier dress and carrying weapons in his hand. Sometimes, he was also depicted as a wolf or a jackal.

Wepwawet was the local deity of Lycopolis, which mean “the city of wolves” in Greek. Through this, he was associated with Anubis, who was also similarly a jackal like deity and eventually being considered to be his son.

As a funerary deity, was being seen as one who opened the ways to and protects the deceased through the Underworld. By the Old Kingdom he was popular throughout Egypt, but later replaced by Khentyamentiu, a god of the Abydos necropolis and finally by Orisis, the god of the dead and vegetation who grew very popular.

His cult center was built at Asyut in Upper Egypt (Lycopolis in the Greco-Roman period).