In the beginning, only pharaohs could
board Ra's magical boat and travel to the land of the Two Fields, to
dwell forever in the afterlife. But the god Osiris changed that. One
of the reasons that Osiris was such a famous and important god in
ancient Egypt is that Osiris opened the door to the afterlife to
Just dying would not get to you the
land of the Two Fields. You had to earn a place in Ra's boat. To board
Ra's boat, your heart had to be light.
To keep your heart light, the ancient
Egyptians believed you had to spend a lifetime doing good deeds.
Crime was very low in ancient Egypt
because someday, after a good life spent by the Nile, everyone
wanted to board Ra's boat and travel to the land of the Two Fields
to enjoy their afterlife.
There were a couple of other
requirements you had to satisfy before you could spend eternity in
First, you had to pass
the test of heart in the Hall of Maat. That
got you onboard Ra's boat.
But you also had to have your
name written down somewhere.
And you had to have a
Why? Because the ancient Egyptians
believed that everyone had a soul. They called the soul by two names
- the Ba and the Ka. As the story goes, the Ba returned during the
day to watch over the living family, while the Ka flew off to enjoy
life in the land of the Two Fields. At night, both the Ba and the Ka
flew home to their tomb, to rest and prepare for the next heavenly
f something happened to your
preserved body, or if your name was not written down somewhere, the
Ba and Ka would get lost and you would disappear, no longer able
to reach your afterlife.
grave robbing was the most
horrible crime in ancient Egypt. Grave robbers not only stole
someone's wealth, they stole their chance to live happily ever after
in the land of the Two Fields.
of the Heart
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