The Egyptians did. To them it was especially important as they believed in immortality.

They believed that death was just an intermission to life, not an end, which is why they were so supportive and paid such reverence to the gods.

On death they were mummified to allow the body to breath!  Would you believe that they even placed food and drink on a table outside the burial chamber to help the body through journey into the afterlife.

There were three afterlife ideologies:

  • belief in an underworld
  • eternal life
  • rebirth of the soul

It was believed that you could only go into “The underworld”, which was also called “The Duat”, through a single entrance that was only reached by journeying through the Tomb of the Deceased. The route to enter this realm led after death down a corridor lined with an array of fascinating statues, including a variation of the hawk-headed god, Horus.

There were different paths for kings and common people, however, both followed the same path, which was:

  • After entry, your spirit met another god, Osiris.
  • Osiris determined the virtue of your soul
  • If he deemed your deserving of a peaceful afterlife
  • You would be reborn indefinitely!
  • This meant that you had lived the correct life
  • You were then guided to Osiris to be born again

This explains why when they opened King Tutankhamun’s tomb, they found so many artifacts, all there to help him in the afterlife.

We have written a musical The Boy King – The Legend of Tutankhamun that you can  download from today and be rehearing as soon as you want.

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