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Ammit (/ˈæmɨt/; “devourer” or “soul-eater”; also spelled Ammut or Ahemait) was a female demon in ancient Egyptian religion with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus and crocodile—the three largest “man-eating” animals known to ancient Egyptians. A funerary deity, her titles included “Devourer of the Dead”, “Eater of Hearts”, and “Great of Death”.

Ammit lived near the scales of justice in Duat, the Egyptian underworld. In the Hall of Two Truths, Anubis weighed the heart of a person against the feather of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, which was depicted as an ostrich feather (the feather was often pictured in Ma’at’s headdress). If the heart was judged to be not pure, Ammit would devour it, and the person undergoing judgement was not allowed to continue their voyage towards Osiris and immortality. Once Ammit swallowed the heart, the soul was believed to become restless forever; this was called “to die a second time”. Ammit was also sometimes said to stand by a lake of fire. In some traditions, the unworthy hearts were cast into the fiery lake to be destroyed. Some scholars believe Ammit and the lake represent the same concept of destruction.

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Been Died, the latest mixtape from Philadelphia rapper Ammit dropped last week. His hazed out drawl and clever wordplay make for a real chill listen. Love the off-kilter production here by 2Kghost. Wavy and soulful. 

The album also has a guest verse from Vancouver’s Young Braised. Download it here.

Anubis, the Ancient Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife. He did hold the title as god of the dead before Osiris was given the title.

Anubis is part of my canine creature list for a few reasons. The most important reason is he is what inspired me to read and research Egypt in my free time, which inspired me to investigate other cultures. In school, we were constantly taught about the ancient cultures of Europe and…well, that’s about it. It started with the Greeks, shifted to the Romans, traveled to Britain, sailed to the Americas and never came back. We spent only a few days on Africa and Asia. Some of my teachers tried to avoid them. One teacher told me it was because he couldn’t pronounce the names. *sigh* 

So, during the Romans Conquering Everyone lesson, we briefly touched on Egypt and one of the pictures in the book depicted Anubis standing beside a scale, weighing a heart against a feather with an unusual beast sitting on the other side with the face of a crocodile, mane and upper body of a lion and lower body of a hippo. I remember thinking, “This is what I want to hear about.” So, I went home and began researching. I visited the library. My parents bought me books. It was the first culture I spent my free time heavily reading about. 

I started with Anubis. I thought all of the gods and goddesses were pretty interesting and I loved the artwork of Ancient Egypt the most. It’s captivating. But, Anubis was my favorite. I felt like he was a just, calm, well-mannered type. His duty was to watch over the mummification processes, making sure they were done right. He would lead the dead souls through the afterlife and then he was in charge of weighing the person’s heart against the feather of Ma’at, who was the goddess of truth. If the person’s heart was judged truthful or pure, they were allowed to journey further and eventually find immortality. However, if they were judged unworthy or impure, their heart was fed to Ammit, the crocodile-headed creature, and they were doomed to be restless and forever tormented. Ammit, from what I found, was not something the Egyptians worshiped. They feared her. She was their demon. 

It always bothered me when I saw Anubis being depicted as an evil deity in movies and stories. I think people equate him with evil simply because people don’t like death or they fear it. From any myths or portrayals of him in Ancient Egypt that I found, Anubis was not portrayed as an angry or evil god. 

Haha, I remember in one of the Yu-Gi-Oh movies, Anubis was evil and I do not remember them stating why he was or what his motivation was. He was just the run-of-the-mill bad guy who wanted world domination and destruction. It was….something. 

Anyway, I’ve plenty of amazing illustrations of Anubis, but I find myself favoring the simpler designs. I think he has his own presence, seeing as he’s a jackal-headed humanoid. He does not need fancy additions, although, I appreciate great artwork regardless. 

I think the Pokemon, Riolu and Lucario, are based off Anubis, or jackals, at least. They just look cool and powerful to me. 

Picture of Anubis doing his duty with Ammit in the background found here: http://meluran.deviantart.com/art/Classic-Mythology-Anubis-298405728

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➥ Egyptian Mythology

Ammit  (“devourer” or “soul-eater”; also spelled Ammut or Ahemait) was a creature which dwelled in the Hall of Ma’at  - near the scales of justice in the Egyptian underworld - awaiting the judgement of the deceased that passed through there. The process of judgement involved the weighing of the deceased person’s heart against the feather of Ma’at. If the heart (the seat of the soul, according to the ancient Egyptians) was found to be heavy with sin and impurities and did not balance with the feather, Ammit would devour it, and the person undergoing judgement was not allowed to continue their voyage towards Osiris and immortality. Once Ammit swallowed the heart, the soul was believed to become restless forever; this was called “to die a second time”.  The goddess was depicted with the head of a crocodile, the forequarters of a lion, and the hindquarters of a hippopotamus.Ammit was not worshipped; instead she embodied all that the Egyptians feared, threatening to bind them to eternal restlessness if they did not follow the principle of Ma’at.

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Ammit (part 1 of Egyptian Mythology series)

  • Her name means “devourer of the dead” or “soul eater”
  • She was not a god, but instead a demon, made up of the head of a crocodile, the body of a lion, and the rear of a hippo
  • She lived near the scales of Maat in Duat (Egyptian underworld)
  • If your heart (soul) weighed more than a feather (judged to be impure), your heart was devoured by Ammit, and your soul was left to wander forever.
  • This devouring was considered a “second death”
  • As such, Ammit was feared and never worshiped
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