Anubis and Xolotl’s Striking Resemblance

Embark on a journey into the depths of ancient marvels as we explore the intricate belief systems of two captivating cultures the Egyptian and Maya civilizations. Within this exploration lies a fascinating discovery the uncanny resemblance between Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god, and Xolotl, the deity from Mexico.

Time’s Tapestry: Shared Emergence and Progress

Discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings, the Anubis Shrine of Tutankhamun features a statue of Anubis, depicted as a jackal or dog god. ( Source )

Around 7,000 years ago, both the Egyptian and Maya civilizations emerged during the Neolithic Revolution. Mastery of husbandry, agriculture, and pottery marked their progress, leading to the creation of elaborate iconography and monumental structures. As we decipher their beliefs, a common thread emerges—an intense fascination with the journey into the afterlife.

Navigating the Afterlife: The Dog-Headed Guides

The ancient Egyptians referred to our Orion and Sirius constellations as Isis and Anubis, respectively, with Anubis being her faithful dog companion. ( Source )

Both cultures shared a profound belief in a perilous odyssey after death, filled with monsters, gods, and gatekeepers. The most intriguing parallel lies in their association of this descent into the underworld with an anthropomorphic dog god. This canine figure, represented by an actual dog species, unites the ancient cultures, and modern genetics are now unveiling their mysteries.

Anubis: Guardian of the Underworld’s Secrets

Delve into the realm of Anubis, the Egyptian deity with the head of a dog and the body of a man. Anubis presided over death, mummification, and the underworld. In the climax of one’s journey, Anubis and Osiris judged the individual’s heart against the feather of Maat (truth), determining their fate. An intriguing shift in Anubis’s mythology reflects the dynamics of Egyptian belief.

Celestial Connections: Anubis, Sirius, and Maya’s Xolotl

A statue of Xolotl, another death dog god, is housed in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. ( Source )

Explore the celestial ties that bind Anubis to the star Sirius and connect him to the Maya god Xolotl. In the Orion constellation, associated with Osiris, Sirius follows like a faithful companion. Modern science reveals Sirius as a binary star, a fact known to ancient Egyptians and the Dogon people before the capability for such observations existed.

Xolotl: Maya’s Deity of Death and Monstrosities

Pre-Colombian depictions of Xolotl, the death dog god. ( Source )

Meet Xolotl, the Maya and Aztec god associated with deformities, death, fire, and lightning. Mirroring Anubis’s overshadowed position in Egyptian mythology, Xolotl stands in the shadow of his twin brother Quetzalcoatl. Both deities share astronomical significance, with Xolotl linked to Venus preceding moonrise.

Sacred Canines: Anubis, Saqqara, and Xolo in Ancient Rituals

In 2015, revelations challenged the belief in the African Golden Wolf as sacred to Anubis. Catacombs at Saqqara revealed millions of mummified dogs, suggesting a specific domestic species as the preferred offering. In Mexico, the Xolo, or Mexican hairless dog, played a sacrificial role in guiding souls through the underworld.

Unveiling Parallels: Anubis, Xolotl, and Cultural Diffusion

On the left is a statue of Anubis, and on the right is a hairless Xolo dog. ( Source ) ( Source )

Examine the striking similarities in the physical attributes of the Xolo and the Mediterranean species, closely resembling depictions of Anubis. The ritualistic practices involving these specific dog breeds raise questions about cultural diffusion. Could these rituals indicate a shared cultural origin?

Genetic Clues: Ancestral Links and the Anubis/Xolotl Mystery

Consider the ancient belief that these dogs served as psychopomps, guiding souls. Genetic analysis of mummies may unveil a link between the dog species buried in Egypt and Mexico. These canine guardians may guide us not only to the afterlife but also back in time, offering insights into the origins of civilization.

Dogs: Timeless Guardians Unveiling Cultural Threads

Reflect on the timeless role of dogs as guardians, not only of our homes but potentially unlocking the secrets of our shared cultural heritage. The enigma of physically identical dogs ritually buried in distant cultures invites us to explore the depths of time and cultural diffusion.

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