Huenefer Essay

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Throughout the ages in many different cultures people have questioned what we are to expect after death. Some cultures believed being reborn after death, some believed in spirits of loved ones protecting them after death and others believed in a life after death. The Egyptians were a culture that prepared thoroughly for their afterlife most tombs contained treasures or belongings that a person was to ‘bring’ with them to the afterlife. One of the items that was desired to have buried with them was a Book of the Dead or a scroll that contained spells and prayers that was to bring good fortune to a person in their afterlife. One great example of a Book of the dead scroll is the Last Judgement Of Hunefer (Fig 3-37). This scroll was from the tomb of a royal Theban scribe Hunefer , who served under Seti I during the 19th dynasty or between 1300-1290 BCE. The scroll itself was painted on papyrus , the scroll stands about 1’ 6’’ high and is located now in the British Museum of London. With no prior knowledge to egyptian history or hieroglyphics one could guess what the scroll narrates by it’s illustrations.
We begin by seeing a man kneeling down before a row of many figures , these were the egyptian gods many with heads of animals , the man who is Hunefer is most likely praying for a prosperous journey through the afterlife. We then witness Hunefer being walked into a hall escorted by Anubis the jackal headed god of mummification and the afterlife . Anubis then leads Hunefer to a scale which has a jar that contains the deceased persons heart. The jar containing the heart was then weighed against a feather of the goddess Maat who was goddess of truth an justice. This scale would determine the fate of the deceased if a heart weighed to be sinful the crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, Ammit would devour the deceased persons heart . As the scales weigh the final judgement Thoth the ibis headed god of the scribes and knowledge would record the moment. The Book of the Dead usually favored the dead in their journey in the afterlife. Hunefer was then escorted by Horus...

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