Upuaut Upuaut - Originally a war god, whose cult centre was Lycopolis (Atef-Khent), in Upper Egypt. In particular Upuaut was seen as a scout, going out to clear routes for the army to proceed forward, thus his name, which means opener of the ways, indeed, Upuaut is depicted on the shedshed, a standard that led armies to battle. Upuaut was originally seen as a wolf-god, thus the Greek name of Lycopolis, meaning city of wolves, and it is likely the case that Upuaut was originally just a symbol of the pharaoh, seeking to attribute himself with wolf-like attributes, that was later deified as a mascot. Likewise, Upuaut was said to accompany the pharaoh on hunts, in which capacity was he was titled (one with) sharp arrow more powerful than the gods. Over time, the connection to war, and thus to death, lead to Upuaut also being seen as one who opened the ways to, and through, duat, for the spirits of the dead. Thus this, through also the similarity of the jackal to the wolf, Upuaut became considered connected to Anubis (Anupu), eventually becoming considered his son, and seen as a jackal. In art, Upuaut was shown as a wolf, or as a jackal, or as a man with the head of a wolf or a jackal. Even when considered a jackal, Upuaut was usually shown with grey, or white fur, reflecting his lupine origins. He was depicted dressed as a soldier, as well as carrying other military equipment — a mace and a bow. Cited from: http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=2,16,3,8,7,11&Board=Lounge&Number=518978&Searchpage=1&Main=518779&Words=&topic=&Search=true

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