Anubis is the Egyptian god of the dead. He was first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts of Ancient Egypt. Anubis is depicted as a young man with a jackal’s head. He is the god of mummification. One of the symbols of Anubis is a stylized jackal head. Jackals were found in graveyards, so the Egyptians portrayed Anubis with a jackal’s head.
Anubis guided people through the underworld and performed the weighing of the heart ritual. A person’s heart was weighed after he died and if it was heavy with sin, the person could not enter the afterlife.
Another symbol of Anubis is an oval like circle on top of a cross. This is the top of a was scepter. This scepter symbolizes power and dominion and was carried by Anubis. The symbol can be found on tombs or coffins.