Hieroglyphs

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

I was particularly intrigued by hieroglyphs. To start off with something FUN, I found a website where you can see what your name looks like in hieroglyph.

Here is my name: SABRINA

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Illuminated manuscripts were very interesting and the importance the Egyptians placed on them for the afterlife. The Egyptians placed a huge emphasis on the afterlife, and believed that they would either be admitted to live with the gods or that they would suffer eternal damnation.

The funerary text called the Book of Dead was really interesting to me. There are 12 Books within it, and it consists of hieroglyphic writings, myths, hyms and prayers. People would purchase these for their loved ones funerals.

This website gives an outline of the Book of Dead which was really interesting: http://www.thenazareneway.com/index_egyptain_book_dead.htm

This image shows one’s heart being weighed on a scale by one of the gods. If his heart is lighter than a feather then he is admitted into the afterlife. This is an interesting theology.

Image source: eso-garden.com

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