Egyptian God Anubis: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Angela Burke

Angela has over ten years of teaching experience in Special Education, classroom teaching and GT. She has a master's degree in Special Ed with an emphasis in Gifted.

In this lesson, discover what the Egyptian god Anubis looked like. Find out what jobs he had and why he was so important that even King Tut had a statue of him.

The Jackal

Have you ever dressed up in a costume? It is tradition for many children to dress up on Halloween, for a musical or play, or simply for the fun of it. But did you know that dressing up in costumes is a tradition that has been around for a very long time?

Egyptian priests who were taking care of a person who had died, often wore a mask that looked like a dog to honor the god Anubis. Anubis had the head of a jackal, which is a wild dog that was often found digging around graves, as well as the body of a human and the tail of a lion.

Anubis was believed to be the guide to the underworld and was one of the oldest and most famous Egyptian gods. He is sometimes called the god of the afterlife. Anubis is always seen with a black mask because the color black symbolizes death.


Let's find out more about Anubis.


Perhaps when you think of Egypt, you think of mummies hidden away in ancient pyramids. But do you know the story behind these mummies? Let's travel back in time when Anubis was a baby to find out more.

According to ancient stories, it is believed that when Anubis was a baby, his mother left him all alone outside without any care. But instead of dying, he was saved by the goddess Isis, who raised him. Anubis became Isis's helper.

When Isis's husband, Osiris, was killed by his jealous brother, it was Anubis who helped Isis rebuild his body, which was the first mummification. Mummification is the practice of preserving a dead body with preservatives, such as oils, to keep it looking lifelike, and then wrapping it in cloth.

Some stories say that Osiris was Anubis's father and that after Osiris was killed, he took over as god of the underworld. Anubis is often known as the god of mummification, but he has other jobs as well.

Guardian of the Scales

Believe it or not, one of Anubis's jobs was to weigh the hearts of dead souls. After a person died, he or she would travel to the Hall of the Dead, where Anubis was waiting with a very special scale. The person's heart was measured against a feather.

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