|Life in Ancient Egypt
Funerary Customs: Weighing of the Heart
The ancient Egyptians believed that the heart
recorded all of the good and bad deeds of a person's life, and was needed for judgment in the afterlife.
After a person died, the heart was weighed against the feather of Maat (goddess of truth and justice).
The scales were watched by Anubis (the jackal-headed god of embalming) and the results recorded by Thoth
(the ibis-headed god of writing). If a person had led a decent life, the heart balanced with the feather
and the person was rendered worthy to live forever in paradise with Osiris.