Anubis would weigh the heart of the deceased against a feather, the symbol of Maat, the goddess of truth and justice. If the heart did not balance perfectly, too heavy or too light with the sins of the person's life, it would be tossed to Ammit --a ferocious creature who had the head of a crocodile, the back half of a hippopotamus, and the front half of a lioness-- to devour.
And the dead would cease to exist.This painting is currently entered in the 'Story Coming to Life Contest', by =Iwien: [link]
My entry for the Myths & Legends Illustration Contest: [link]
I chose Egyptian mythology: the 'Weighing of the Heart', a judgement ritual believed by the ancient Egyptians to occur after a person's death.
This particular person didn't lead quite the life that they should have. Ammit doesn't mind, but Thoth looks rather disappointed.
I'd been wanting to do an illustration of this for awhile, and the Mythology contest gave me just the right inspiration to finally do so.
Acrylic on Bristol board, 14 x 17 inches
Top half detail: [link]
Ammit detail: [link]