People in most ancient civilizations
were afraid of their gods. This was not true in ancient
Egypt. The Egyptians loved their gods. They had little fear and great
There was one exception - the god Ammut.
Almost everyone in ancient Egypt was afraid of Ammut! Ammut was the
Devourer. The ancient Egyptians believed if you did something bad,
your heart would be heavy, and the god Ammut could suddenly appear and
gobble you up!
The god Ammut had a big part in the
weighing of the heart ceremony. When you died, the ancient Egyptians
believed you traveled to an afterlife, a heavenly place where you
spent eternity. You had to earn your way. There were rules. To enter
your afterlife, you had to have a light heart. Light hearts were
earned from a lifetime of doing good deeds.
To find out if your heart qualified for
the trip to the afterlife, your spirit had to enter the Hall of
Maat. The god Anubis weighed your heart.
The god Thoth recorded the findings. (In ancient Egypt, everything
was recorded and written down.)
If your heart was light, lighter
than a feather, you
passed the test and entered your afterlife.
BUT, if your heart was heavy
because your deeds were dreadful, the god Ammut would
suddenly appear ... and eat you up!
No one wanted that, so nearly
everyone in ancient Egypt did good deeds to keep their heart
& The Underworld