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THE JOURNEY INTO ETERNITY: EGYPT
 

Judging the Dead
Ancient Egyptians believed that after death their spirits searched the underworld for the Hall of Judgment, where Osiris ruled. There, one's spirit might become immortal by becoming one with his. As in the living world, the underworld had a Nile-like river, islands, lakes, and mountains. It also had lakes of fire and other dangers to the spirits of the dead.

Death is the night of going forth to life.
Book of the Dead, c. 1550 BC

In the Hall of Judgment, Anubis weighed each spirit's heart on a scale balanced with the divine feather of Ma'at (goddess of truth, justice, and divine order). Hearts that were heavy with sin were consumed by Ammut (Devourer of the Dead), while those free of sin were saved.

Death is to me today
Like a man's longing to see home,
Having spent many years abroad.

Ancient poem

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