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The Afterlife People in most ancient civilizations were People in most ancient civilizations were afraid of their Gods. This was not true in Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians loved their Gods. They had little fear and great wonder. There was one exception, though the God There was one exception, though the God Ammut. Almost everyone in ancient Egypt was afraid of Ammut! Ammut was the Devourer. The ancient Egyptians believed if you did something bad, your heart would be heavy, and the God Ammut might suddenly appear and eat you up! The God Ammut had a big part in the The God Ammut had a big part in the weighing of the heart ceremony. When you died, the ancient Egyptians believed you travelled to an afterlife, a heavenly place where you spent eternity. You had to earn your way. To enter your afterlife, you had to have a light heart. Light hearts were earned from a lifetime of doing good deeds. After you died, the ancient Egyptians After you died, the ancient Egyptians believed your heart had to be weighed. It had to be lighter than a feather. To find out if your heart qualified for the trip to the afterlife, your spirit had to enter the Hall of Maat. First you had to plead your innocence
to the Gods and your fellow men
to Then the God Anubis would lead you into
the Hall of Maat and weighed your heart
the The God Thoth recorded the findings.
(In ancient Egypt, everything was
recorded and written down.)
recorded If your heart was light, you were
considered to be pure and free from
sin. This meant you had passed the
test and entered your afterlife. Lead by
Horus to Osiris.
Horus BUT, if your heart was heavy
because your deeds were dreadful,
the God Ammut would suddenly
appear ... and eat you up! ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course HIST 201 taught by Professor Sabey during the Winter '08 term at BYU.
- Winter '08