Friday, 16 November 2007
Illustration Friday - scale
This is Anubis - Egyptian protector of the underworld. After they died, an Egyptian's heart would be weighed on a 'scale' by Anubis, against the "feather of Ma'at" (the feather of truth/justice), and then judged by Osiris (the god of life and death). A pure heart would be equal in weight to that of the feather of Ma'at, and the person would be able to live for the rest of eternity in peace. If the person's heart was heavy with burdon, however, it would weigh more than the feather of Ma'at, and the Egyptian with the heavy heart would be fed to Osiris' vicious baboon, Babi or fed to Ammit, the "bone devourer". In the event that a heart was lighter than the feather of Ma'at, that Egyptian would be sent to an area of Duat called "Aaru", a realm ruled by Osiris where Egyptians could exist in pleasure for all eternity.
I find Egyptian mythology very interesting, and decided that this would be a perfect interperatation for this weeks theme 'scale'.