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Weighing of the Heart

People in most ancient civilizations were afraid of their gods. 

This was not true in Ancient Egypt, Egyptians loved their gods, they had little fear and great wonder. 

There was one exception though, the God Ammut



Almost everyone in Ancient Egypt was afraid of Ammut... Ammut the Soul Eater!

When you died, Ancient Egyptians believed you travelled to an afterlife, a heavenly place where you spent eternity, but you had to earn your way in. To enter your afterlife, you had to have a light heart and the God Ammut had a big part in the Weighing of the Heart Ceremony.

After you died, 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 a tribunal with forty two (42) judges.

The God Thoth recorded the findings (in Ancient Egypt, everything was recorded and written down).

Then the God Anubis would lead you into the Hall of Maat and weighed your heart.

Ancient Egyptians believed light hearts were earned form a lifetime of doing good deeds. 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 and Osiris.

BUT if you did something bad, your heart would be heavy, and the God Ammut might suddenly appear... and eat you up!