Alternatively Yaaru, Iaru, and Aaru.
In Egyptian mythology, the word for Heaven, the Elysium, a place of ecstasy and delights where you go after dying, Paradise. . .
According to Egyptian lore, when a person died, the deceased expected to appear before Osiris, who would be sitting upon his throne, waiting to pass judgment on him or her.
The departed would be led in by the jackal-headed god Anubis, in his role as psychopomp ('conductor of souls'), followed by the goddess Isis, the divine enchantress, representing life, and the goddess of the underworld, Nephthys, representing death. At the judgment hall there were also 42 divine judges, to assess the life of the one coming before them. The deceased would then be allowed to deny 42 misdeeds, one for each arbitrator. Thoth was the one prosecuting and recording the results.
Once the deceased had presented his or her case, Osiris indicated a large pair of balances, the Great Balance of Justice. The heart of the newly dead was then weighed on this balance against a feather from the headband of Maat — this was the Judging of the Heart, or the Weighing of the Heart.
The desirable outcome was that the heart and the feather should weigh exactly the same, and the beam of the Balance of Justice should be horizontal. If the heart proved to be "light in the scales," the soul was unfit to enter the House of Osiris. Anubis would then feed the heart to Ammit, who eagerly awaits for a bad verdict, and the person's soul would vanish into oblivion, with no hope of further existence. In those instances when the heart weighed the same as the feather, the deceased was permitted to proceed to the Fields of Aalu, the world where the gods lived.
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Sources: (1) Turner, Patricia and Coulter, Charles R., Dictionary of Ancient Deities, Oxford University Press; (2) Faulkner, Raymond (Translator), The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day, Chronicle Books; (3) Bunson, Margaret, Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Facts on File Publishers.
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