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T E E N A G E  G I R L S  +  M Y T H O L O G Y: Ammit

She is the personification of fear, a demon girl created from the same dark things that make hairs stand on the back of your neck and sends a cool shiver running down the length of your spine. They claim that she not only breaks hearts but eats them whole, devouring those who dare to stand in her way. These claims merely give her cause to grin, her mouth a knife wound.

Kicking off my project with the letter A! Going to be putting together a series of 26 mythological/folkloric/cryptid creatures and characters for each letter of the alphabet. All REBLOGS and LIKES are appreciated!

Name: Ammit, Ammut, Ahemait.
Area of Origin: Egypt

With a name meaning ‘Devourer’ or 'Soul-Eater’, Ammit was a female demon from ancient Egypt. The beast was comprised of the head of a crocodile, the frontal half of a lion, and the back-end of a hippo; the three largest man-eaters known to the Egyptians. Ammit lived near the scales of justice in the Egyptian underworld. There, Anubis weighed the heart of a person against the feather of Ma'at, the goddess of truth. If the heart was deemed un-pure, Ammit would devour it and the person would be unfit to continue their journey towards immortality. The person’s soul would then be forever restless, likened to 'dying a second time’.  

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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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➥ 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.

Strength Card in Fairytale/Tarot Symbology

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The Strength card is about strength of will and determination. Focus, persistence, confidence and the ability to overcome any challenge is the theme of this card.

I picked the story of Tam Lin, which is Scottish in origin. In the story, this girl, Janet, walks into a grove and meets the fairy man Tam Lin. When she gets back home, she realizes she’s pregnant. People advise her to get an abortive plant from the woods, so she goes back to the forest to confront Tam Lin about what he’s done. He admits he’s not actually a fairy, but human kidnapped by fairies, and will be sacrificed unless she grabs and holds on to him all night no matter what he transforms into.

I drew Tam Lin mid-transformation as Janet hold on to him. She’s not afraid as she dominates him and he willingly submits. As a beast, he represents out animalistic urges, but I also decided to make him look like the Egyptian God Ammit, who would devour impure hearts . (but you can see she’s just fine!) Lastly, did you know it doesn’t take *that* much force to keep a crocodile mouth closed? So it’s more about being fearless and clever.

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Hey everyone! Continuing my run for this year’s #Inktober challenge, where my theme is character designs from my DEITIES Project. These are my entries for days 11-20, and you can view the previous set of Days 1-10 HERE !

Also, I have a bit of bonus inks as well from the past couple weekend, that couldn’t fit in the photoset – some awesome Egyptian demons /o/

Since caption aren’t ideal for fitting everything, some brief information about each of the deities (and the bonus demons) is under the cut!

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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