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Weighing of the Heart Ceremony Papyrus

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This brightly detailed scene is of the Weighing of the Heart Ceremony. This ceremony took place after you died and was your test in order to enter the afterlife. A giant scale would weigh your heart against the feather of truth (Ma’at) and if your heart was lighter than you would pass on to the afterlife but if not then it would be eaten by the Amemet monster (far right). To the Egyptians the heart was considered to be the seat of all knowledge instead of the brain. So here all your good and bad deeds were measured. The Amemet monster is part hippo, lion and crocodile. Next to Amemet is the Thoth, the god of knowledge, who would record all the happenings. Anubis, the jackal headed god, was the god of the dead who watched over the ceremony. On the far left are images of the deceased bowing down to the gods that are judging their fate. The size of this papyrus painting is approximately 14" by 17 1/2".

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Weighing of the Heart Ceremony Papyrus

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