Anpu is the bastard child of Nebt-Het (Nephthys), born of her clandestine union with Asar (Osiris) but raised as the son of Suti (Set). As he grew to manhood it became obvious that Anpu was not of Suti's ilk, showing a streak of melancholic compassion that could only be attributed to the blood of his true and secret father. Anpu was cast out when his true nature was discovered, and left to his own solitary devices.
Now the haunter of dark and lonely places, a wanderer through the shadow-realm between life and death, Anpu bears witness to the darker side of mortality. He seeks out those lost souls who find themselves without guidance after their demise. All who die will eventually find themselves in the presence of this enigmatic god, who silently will lead them away from this world and to the gates of the next.
In the funerary ceremonies of the ancient Egyptians, a prayer/evocation to Anpu was recited. The face of the deceased was likened to the face of Anpu, and his voice to the voice of Anpu. Thus we learn that the true visage of the jackal-headed god was as a death-mask to behold, and also that in some sense Anpu may be thought of as a speaker for the dead, a courier of last words and final wishes. It would seem that in this respect, his duties are not dissimilar to those of Djhewty's profession; but rather than acting as a messenger and scribe to the gods themselves, Anpu serves the dead as a recorder of their deeds and as a final spokesman on their behalf in the halls of Judgement.