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Khufu Knows All

The Secret Doors to Ultimate Knowledge

The people of Egypt held the belief that after burial, the deceased, led by Anubis, god of the dead, journeys through the underworld to the Hall of Two Truths where Osiris, ruler of the that realm, sits on a throne in the company of 42 judges. In the center of the room are the great scales of Ma’at where Toth, god of scribes, places the heart of the deceased on one side and a feather on the other. If the heart outweighs the feather, the deceased is devoured by Ammit, the goddess of retribution, and dies a second time. If the feather is heavier, the deceased has the opportunity to enter the heavenly paradise of Osiris and inhabit the fields of Aaru but not before undertaking a long journey hindered by lakes of fire and battling menacing baboons, hungry crocodiles, poisonous snakes and the evil Apep, a giant serpent, the embodiment and source of all evil.

—Herodotus, Histories