Egyptian Weighing of the Heart

In the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, you had to pass through the Hall of Ma’at, the goddess of justice, truth, and harmony and the daughter of Ra, before you could move on to the afterlife. In the hall, a dead person’s heart would be weighed against Ma’at, represented by a feather. If their heart was lighter than the feather, they were free to move on. If it was heavier, then a goddess named Ammut would gobble up your heart. She is usually depicted with a crocodile’s head, a hippo’s hindquarters, and a lion or leopard’s forelimbs. Besides Ammut and Ma’at, Anubis and Thoth would attend this ceremony. Anubis, the god of mummification and the afterlife, would weigh the heart and Thoth, the god of wisdom and writing, would record the findings.



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