Regrann from @mrpsmythopedia - In late Egyptian mythology, WEPWAWET was originally considered a war deity whose name means “opener of the ways.” He is often depicted as a wolf-headed deity standing at the prow of the sun god Ra’s solar-boat. In such a position and with such a name, Wepwawet was also seen as a scout, going out to clear routes for the army of Egypt to proceed forward. One inscription found in the Sinai states that Wepwawet "opens the way" to pharaoh Sekhemkhet's victory.
Wepwawet originally was seen as a wolf deity, thus the Greek name of Lycopolis, the city where his temple resided and which meant “city of wolves.” It is likely the case that Wepwawet was originally just a symbol of the pharaoh, seeking to associate with wolf-like attributes, that later became deified as a mascot to accompany the pharaoh. Likewise, Wepwawet was said to accompany the pharaoh on hunts, armed with sharp arrows more powerful than the gods alone.
Over time, the connection to war, and thus to death, led to Wepwawet also being seen as one who opened the ways to, and through, Duat (the Egyptian realm of the dead), for the spirits of the dead. Through this, and the similarity of the jackal to the wolf, Wepwawet became associated with Anubis, the canine-headed god of mummification, eventually being considered his son. Consequently, Wepwawet often is confused with Anubis.
In later Egyptian art, Wepwawet was depicted as a wolf or a jackal, or as a man with the head of a wolf or a jackal. Even when considered a jackal, Wepwawet usually was shown with grey, or white fur, reflecting his lupine origins. He was shown dressed as a soldier, carrying the finest military equipment of the day; a mace and a bow.
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