The ancient Egyptians believed that
after they died they would move on to a real place, the Land of Two
Fields, where they would spend the rest of eternity. You had to earn
your way in by doing good deeds in your lifetime. You needed some
luggage. You did not want to arrive in the Land of Two Fields without
things to make your afterlife comfortable.
ancient Egyptians spent a great deal of time preparing grave goods,
the goods they needed in their afterlife. They had no doubt they would
be assigned jobs in their afterlife. They also believed they could
make little clay figures who would magically do their work for them.
So they made lots of little clay figures. They also made little toys
and tiny articles of beautiful clothing and miniature pots and bowls
and anything else they might want in their afterlife.
ancient Egyptians had a great deal of fun making their grave goods,
and showing what they had made to their friends and family before they
packed them away. There was much oohing and aahing over grave goods in
were packed away in big urns, rather like packing luggage for a trip. After they died, these urns, full of the grave goods they had
made throughout their life, were buried with them in their tomb.
A light heart
Land of Two Fields