This is the seventh year the Challenge has run, but it’s the first time I’ve been involved. I’m the 1,807th blogger to sign up, and there are three more days to join. (I dare you.)
My alphabetically, organized posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. Hope you enjoy them.
A is for Anubis
The ancient-Egyptian god of funerals and death, Anubis is associated with mummification and the afterlife. Depicted as having a man’s body and a jackal’s head his image has haunted mankind’s imagination since the time of the pharaohs.
Anubis took on several roles during the three-thousand-year long Egyptian civilization: first, as an embalmer; second, as a Lord of the Underworld; and finally as the, god who ushered souls into the afterlife, who stood witness to the”‘weighing of the heart,” test.
The Hall of Two Truths
The ancient Egyptians had a grizzly view of “Judgement Day.” Acording to their mythology, after death a man found himself in the Hall of Two Truths.
“In the Hall of Two Truths, the deceased’s heart was weighed against the Shu feather of truth and justice taken from the headdress of the goddess Ma’at. If the heart was lighter than the feather, they could pass on, but if it were heavier they would be devoured by the demon Ammut.” (Crystalinks)
Anubis holding an ankh (a magical symbol of eternal life) led the deceased to a balancing scale. He would weigh the man’s heart.
If the heart was heavier than the feather, it meant it had been weighed down with evil deeds. Ammut, the god often referred to as the soul-eater, would devour the heavy heart, condemning the man to oblivion for eternity.
But if the heart was lighter than the feather, the deceased was presented to Osiris to join the afterlife.
Thoth, the ibis-headed god of wisdom stood by the procedure to record what happened.
In my Stories
Both Anubis and Ammut play roles in my Mata Hari Series. The CIA’s code name for the bad guy is Anubis. And his sorcerer-son runs afoul with Ammut.