Wepwawet as an infantry
soldier from around 1300 B.C.
His name meant "opener of the way" (to the Underworld). He wore a soldiers' outfit and was a scout on Re's bark du- ring the night and probably a spiritual force in the battle field. His standard was used in rituals and seen on the Narmer Palette. He took part in the annual Osiris feast at Abydos. His statue was placed to watch the tombs and he opened the gates to the life beyond for the dead.
He was possibly identical to an old jackal god called Sed and his own father was Anubis.
An obscure ruler from Abydos (c. 1650 BC) is the only king yet known to have taken his name - Wepwawemsaf. (See History dyn. 15-17, Gods - Sed, Anubis, Khentamentiu). Main text.