Most people in ancient Egypt were
afraid of one particular god - the god Ammut (also spelled Ammit.) Ammut was the god with
the crocodile head. The ancient Egyptians believed if you did
something really bad during your lifetime that the god Ammut might
magically appear and eat you. With her crocodile head, she had the
teeth to do so.
Ammut was always on hand after you died, in case she was needed. The
ancient Egyptians believed that to enter your afterlife, your heart
had to be light. You gained a light heart by doing many good deeds
during your lifetime. After you died, on your way to your afterlife,
you had to travel through the Hall of Maat. The god Anubis weighed
your heart. The god Thoth (pictured above) recorded the findings. And the god Ammut
stood by. If your heart was as a light as a feather, you passed Maat's
test, and entered your afterlife. But, if your heart was heavy, Ammut
would move swiftly and gobble you up.
Everyone wanted to enter
their afterlife. So nearly everyone in ancient Egypt did many good
deeds during their lifetime. Nobody
wanted to be eaten by the dreaded god, Ammut, whose body was a mix of
lion and hippo, and whose head was that of a crocodile, the three most
dangerous man-eating animals in ancient Egypt.
& The Underworld