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Published in 1991, Jackal at the Shaman’s Gate will be of interest to Egyptologists and to students of comparative religion. It considers the Egyptian god Anubis as guardian of the ‘Shaman’s Gate’ which bridges this world and the next. The author quotes liberally from Egyptian sources, some of which have not previously been translated. Anubis, the jackal god who presides over the embalming process, judge and guide of souls, has a critical function in the processes of death, rebirth, and reintegration. Comparaitive material from other mythologies is cited to illustrate the universality of the archetypes of the dog/wolf and the ‘strait gate’ between earth and heaven.
This book also includes a text, with translation and commentary, of the invocation to Anubis, Osiris, and other chthonic deiies (PGM XXIII; pOxy 412). This hymn from the Greco-Egyptian magical papyri is a fine poem and an excellent example of the profundities to be found in these texts. The author’s comprehensive annotated bibliography lists works in several languages which deal with Anubis, Egyptian funerary practices, Greco-Egyptian mysticism and magic, and the dog/wolf motif in comparative mythology and folklore.