Anput, “Female Yinepu”

I just wanted to say that I didn’t found the meaning of Her name, but She is the female Yinepu, so.. if you would take the meaning out of His name, it would be “Royal Child”.

Acknowledge that I’m writing from what I’ve searched under the internet, and had written in my studies book. So.. I don’t have the sources, but I wanted to let you know that there ARE sources. I just don’t have the links and such. Sometimes I use Henadology. Other times I use Wikipedia. Many times the book: The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson. But I always put the name on Google and search about The name on many websites.
Acknowledge as well, that I may be wrong, and, if it happens, let me know!!

Thank you. Let’s start:

 

Anput, or even Anupet, Yineput or Input, was the female counterpart of Yinepu. She was a goddess who presided the 17th nome (district) of Upper Egypt. There is no more information on Her than “the female counterpart of Yinepu”, but I have a resource so good for jackal gods. And I’ll leave the link here and some quotes on Anput..

The site is the Per-Sabu (a great place for you to learn more on many jackal deities). Here are some quotes on this site’s view on Anput.

“She is best known for her appearance on one of the famous Menkaure triad statues, where she is depicted as a woman with the Cynopolis nome emblem over her head. This emblem itself is of a couchant jackal with feather. Most sources cite her as having been more or less ‘invented’ to give Anubis a female counterpart (I hesitate to say wife or consort) to be in keeping with the theology of the time.  But given the fact that statuettes of Anubis as a jackal are often mysteriously without indication of male gender, which goes against the norms of the way ancient egyptians depicted animals, it has been theorized that he himself may originally have been female and still retains a certain ambiguity. So in an interesting twist, it may be Anupet who came first. Of course it may also have been that they always existed as a pair, with Anubis venturing much further afield than Anupet. She seems to have stayed very close to the XVIIth nome, likely worshipped as a local protectress.”

– Per-Sabu, http://www.per-sabu.org/anupet.html

 

“At her reappearance in Ptolemaic Dendera, Anupet appears both as a canid standing on her back legs, wielding knives within her front paws, but also as a similarly armed jackal-headed figure. (Interestingly she is not depicted in the standard goddess way.) The texts at Dendera really drive home her viciously protective nature. When not equipped with knives, she is equipped with teeth, both allowing her to butcher the enemies of Osiris. Here are two examples: ‘You are Anupet, motionless on your belly, with teeth sharpened to ravage the Mischievous One.’ / ‘Words spoken by Anupet, the bitch who barks against all who come with evil intentions, who cuts up the Wicked One in the back, so that he falls to the ground and so that he never exists again: “I have taken apart Yash by driving a knife into his back.”‘ ”

– Per-Sabu, http://www.per-sabu.org/anupet.html

 

“She sometimes acts within the role of Shentayet (the Widow), punishing those who murdered Osiris but also guarding his sarcophagus against any who would harm him further. She seems to have a particular connection with knives and cutting, which may not be purely for butchering; They may play a part in various rites of initiation as well. She is the feral she-jackal, both ruthless huntress and nurturing mother.

In my personal experiences of her, I definitely see her as being the true twin sibling of Anubis. (Much moreso than Wepwawet actually.) They have different roles and are by no means mirror images of each other, but their essence and nature is very similar. I’ve mostly come to know her as a shadowy assassin, who slips through shadows and avenges misdeeds. She also strikes me as being fairly territorial and certainly not adverse to running off trespassers or anyone looking to cause trouble. In that regard she and Anubis are very similar indeed as he is just as protective of his domains and wards. ”

– Per-Sabu, http://www.per-sabu.org/anupet.html

Per-Sabu has also a list of Her functions and iconography. I recommend you to go there and see what this site offers on Her, as well as other jackal deites (Yinepu, Wepwawet, and more..).

Her image (She is the one on the right of the statue):

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