Anubis is the Greek name of a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology. In the ancient Egyptian language, Anubis is known as Inpu. Like many ancient Egyptian deities, Anubis assumes different roles in various contexts, and no public procession in Egypt would be conducted without an Anubis to march at the head.
Anubis was usually portrayed as a jackal-headed human, or in fully canine form wearing a ribbon and holding a flail (a sort of weapon) in the crook of its arm. It was strongly associated with cemeteries in ancient Egypt, since it was a scavenger which threatened to uncover human bodies and eat their flesh. The distinctive black color of Anubis did not have to do with the jackal but with the color of rotting flesh and with the black soil of the Nile valley, symbolizing rebirth. He was also known as the 'Gaurdian of the veil' that is death. Anubis was frequently depicted in editions of the Book of Dead as performing the "Opening of the Mouth" ceremony on the mummy and statues of the deceased, as well as escorting the spirit of the deceased into the presence of Osiris ( god of the underworld).
The jackal-headed god is depicted in funerary contexts where he is shown attending to the mummies of the deceased or sitting atop a tomb protecting it. In fact, during embalming, the "head embalmer" wore an Anubis costume. Originally, in the Ogdoad system, he was god of the underworld. He was said to have a wife, Anput who was depicted exactly the same, though feminine. Anubis was said to be the fourth son of Ra (the sun god). But in after ages, his father was said to be Osiris, as he was the god of the dead, and his mother was said to be Nephthys. Anubis was worshipped throughout Egypt, but the center of his cult was in Cynopolis (Upper Egypt).
By Nishita Aurnab
The best theme songs on television
I first heard 'Stolen' by Dashboard Confessionals in an episode of One Tree Hill. I will not deny it; One Tree Hill is my numero uno source of good music. What got me hooked on the show, however (and a host of other shows, too) was the theme song, and that's what the article is about.
The Truth Is Out There
I won't go, I won't sleep, I can't breathe
And I just want you to know
So no one told you I was gonna be this way
I can't do this all on my own
If you're like me, and your only source of new music (good or otherwise) is TV, then you might as well check out the soundtracks of some of these shows. You might be surprised.
By Shehtaz Huq
Jack the Ripper
A dark alley, a mutilated body of a woman, an uncaught murderer…yes I am talking about the infamous Jack the Ripper.
He struck terror into London's East End for three months in 1888. Seven murders were definitely attributed to the killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper, but some official investigators put the figure at eight or even higher. The crimes shared a common pattern. All the victims were prostitutes, and with the exception of the last victim, Marie Kelly, all were killed in dark streets or alleys in the middle of the night. All the murders took place in an area of 3 sq km, covering the areas of Whitechapel and Stepney, and the City of London. Each victim was killed in the same manner - throat slashed with a sharp knife, possibly a scalpel, and the body mutilated in varying degrees. In some cases organs or parts of organs of the victims were removed with surgical skill.
Despite intensive investigations by Scotland Yard, London's metropolitan police, the true identity of Jack the Ripper has never been determined or at least revealed by British authorities. Over the years many professional and amateur sleuths have put forth various suspects. The best-known suspects include Prince Albert Victor, second in line to the British throne; Sir William Gull, personal physician to Queen Victoria; James K. Stephen, the tutor of Prince Albert Victor at Cambridge University; Montague John Druitt, a lawyer whose body was found floating in the Thames River soon after the last murder; Neill Cream, a convicted murderer who is reputed to have said "I am Jack the…" as he was hanged.
Though he is long gone this murderer is still talked about all over the world. Many films, musicals and serials have been made about him though his true identity will always be a mystery of history.
By Nishita Aurnab
World Cyber Games, or WCG for short, is the world cup for all the gamers around the world, a chance to truly see just how you good you are with keyboard and mouse against other human players. For the last couple of years, F1 Management Limited, an event management company has been organizing the national round in Bangladesh, selecting the winners who will face the players from all over the globe. This year, for the first time, F1 decided to hold two preliminary tournaments, one in Dhaka and the other in Chittagong, and gave the winners a chance to participate directly from the quarter finals in their games in the national WCG championships, which is scheduled to be held from 2 August 22 this year. The winners from the nationals will take part in the main event, which is to be held in Germany later this year.
WCG is more than just a gathering of a thousands of gamers around the world…it's the benchmark of the gaming world, the main authority. This is where the high scores and records are set and broken. Statistically, it's actually larger than even the Olympic Games! With games from every genre, it's bound to attract anyone who is a gamer. Throw in an awesome environment, cutting edge high performance gaming PCs, thousands of people from different countries and cultures…and voila, you have the biggest, best and most exciting gaming event of the world.
So those of you who are still just thinking in your head “I'm the best in this game!” or bragging to your friends about your new best lap time or highest goals scored or highest frags in 15 rounds, just sign up for the upcoming WCG national championships, and prove you're the best in your field once and for all. To register, log on to www.wcg.com.bd.
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