Wepwawet Posted February 2, 2020 #51 Share Posted February 2, 2020 (edited) 34 minutes ago, Kenemet said: Not really (I should admit that Wepawet is one of my early favorite Egyptian deities)... as mentioned before, I've been occupied with work. I do intend to look up the geology of the area, because I have a vague memory that the Mokkatam formation isn't that deep and that there are no layers above that formation for many hundreds of miles. There simply wouldn't have been rock to carve the ears and head from (you'd need at least 12 feet of additional height if you used the current head... more if you had a more proper jackal head and neck. I agree with current thinking that they carved it from a type of formation known as a hoodoo... and that it's a sphinx because the lump of rock looked like a sphinx. There's at least one well-known association of a hoodoo with a deity (which I can't find now to save my life... memory says it's a sandstone pillar near Luxor and that the deity was Amun) One other point against Anubis and Wepauwet is that although I know of avenues of sphinxes as symbols of protection (later) and as protective guardians (Hetepheres I), I don't know of any case where there was a row of statues (or even a single one) to Anubis or Wepauwet that stood guard over any other cemetery. Guardians of a tomb and inside a tomb, yes. And inside temples. But not as statues in cemeteries. I'd love to hear about counterexamples if there are any. Actually, it's been a bit odd arguing for something that I don't believe, but it has made me think more about just what that thing really is, and I'm sure it isn't just a guardian, and that it is something to do with what happens to the king after death. If you like Wepwawet then you've probably seen this already, but for anybody scratching their head about my use of "Not Anubis", here it is. Edited February 2, 2020 by Wepwawet 8 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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