Grave robbing was the most horrible crime
in ancient Egypt.
When grave robbers broke into a tomb,
they often broke the cartouche when they opened the coffin. They nearly
always damaged the mummified body in their haste to find treasures
buried within the fabric that wrapped it. This put the Ba and the
Ka at risk.
The ancient Egyptians believed that
everyone had a soul. They called the soul by two names - the Ba and the
Ka. After you died, the ancient Egyptians believed that your soul
had two jobs. The Ba visited the living family, to watch over them. The
Ka flew off to enjoy
life in the land of the Two Fields, the afterlife. At night, both the Ba and the Ka
flew home to their tomb, to rest and prepare for the next heavenly day.
But, if something happened to your preserved
body, or if your name was not written down somewhere, the Ba and Ka
would get lost. They would not be able to come home to their tomb at
night, and you would disappear forever, no longer able to dwell happily
in the afterlife.
Grave robbers not only
stole someone's wealth, they stole their chance to live happily ever
after in the afterlife.
Punishment was swift and terrible for
grave robbers caught robbing a grave.
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