So here’s the thing… you know that jackal-headed guy?
No, not him — that’s Anubis (or Yinepu, or Anoup, or Anpu, or… you get the idea).
This guy! This is Wepwawet. Sometimes you might hear him called Upwawet, or Upwaut, or Upuat, or even just Wpwwt. And he’s kind of a big deal.
His name means “Opener of Ways”, and that can be interpreted in a lot of different ways. A lot. Sometimes it means opening the way for the dead.
Sometimes it means opening the way for the military, being carried on a standard.
Sometimes there’s even TWO of him, that’s how important he is.
He has associations with legitimizing the king’s reign through this thing called the Sed festival. He also makes sure the king gets to the right place in the afterlife. Here he is hangin’ with his BFF, Seti I.
He looks pretty much like any other jackal-headed deity, to be honest. He gets confused with Anubis/Yinepu/Anpu/etc. quite a lot. It’s a little confusing, especially when they show up in the same place from time to time.
He’s got some bitchin’ nicknames, too. Some people call him He Who Possesses the Two Lands in Triumph. Some people call him Lord of Carnage. Others call him Lord of Joy. (He’s got a pretty good reputation.)
So why am I raving about this most excellent dude? Well, every year the House of Netjer holds a contest as a fundraiser. It’s almost like the Penny Wars, if you ever played those in high school or summer camp. The goal is to collect the most votes for your team. Each vote is a small donation (in this case, anything over $1), limit 1 per day. Don’t forget to write that you’re voting for Wepwawet in the donation notes!
This year, I am pushing HARD to get Himself a spot in the winners’ circle. Don’t you think he deserves it?
I mean, look at that face.
#TeamWepwawet – let’s get this done!