Monday, December 15, 2008

The Process

The process of the weighing of the heart was fairly simple. The deceased heart was set on one side of the balance scale (Egyptians believed that the heart was the center or brain of an individual). On the other side was the feather of truth. The god Anubis stood on the side by the heart carefully watching to make sure that the heart was lighter then the feather. He acted as the guardian of the scale. Pretty scary huh? The other god that helped with the weighing of the heart ceremony was the God Thoth. Thoth stood close by and recorded all of the results. Now, if your heart was heavier than the feather then that showed that you had done bad deeds and should not be able to go to the afterlife so a scary animal gobbled up the heart. This animal had the body of a hippo and the head of a crocodile!! My heart would probably be so scared it would gobble up itself! Anyways, that is the process of the weighing of the heart ceremony!

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