August 17th, 2010

never there

Shabtis

An Ancient Egyptian funeral and burial was designed to enable the deceased person to successfully enter the Afterlife and subsequently enjoy his or her time there. To ensure this they were buried with texts and objects that would help them on their journey after death. The Afterlife was believed to be an idealised version of the earthly realm - the Fields of Iaru, the land of the Blessed Dead, ruled over by Osiris. Just as in the living world, agricultural work would need to be done in order to provide food and drink. To prevent the deceased from having to undertake manual labour for the whole of eternity they were buried with servants, shabtis, who would do this work in their place.

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