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Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. More Relevant than Ever

Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. More Relevant than Ever
Isabel del Rio

Afterlife. The Judgment of Osiris could be a way of renew our Ethics.

Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Photo by Charlie Phillips

Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Photo by Charlie Phillips
Seti I, Isis and Horus. Abydos, Egypt

In Ancient Egypt, to pass to the ‘other’ life (afterlife), the deceases had to pass the Judgment of Osiris. This was their confession according with the Book of the Dead, a book written almost 4,000 years ago, but an example of Ethics, more relevant than ever.

Yareah magazine has published several times opinions about the fact that our current economic crisis is also a crisis of our ethics. Read this prayer and give your opinion about its deep meaning and hopes for a fair life in this Earth, as a preparation to an afterlife.

Confession in front of Osiris:

“I did not damage people. I never was violent with my family or relatives… I did not force my employers to be exhausted and I never hit my servants. I have not intrigued by ambition. I never took the food of poor people. I never said bad words against gods or goddesses. I defended innocents and I never killed or ordered to kill. I never stole money of the temples. I didn’t lie to have more lands or farmers. I’m pure, I’m pure”.

Are these values ours? Are we proud of being like an ancient Egypt person? What are our objectives?

Interesting questions. Today is Halloween, a funny day with deep meanings: Death, behavior, Ethics, spirituality… Think on them when your finish your party!

**Books of the Dead are a collection of spells, charms, passwords, numbers and magical formulas for the use of the deceased in the afterlife. They describe many of the basic tenets of Egyptian mythology. They were intended to guide the dead through the various trials that they would meet before reaching the underworld. Knowledge of the correct spells was considered really important to achieve happiness in the afterlife. Enchantments or spells can differ from a sarcophagus to another. It depends on the prominence and other class factors of the deceased person, but all of them a deep sense of the ethics.

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  • what a great commentary on this “hallowed” day – and you’re right – the perfect time to reflect – to take stock – to reflect some more – and then, should we find ourselves lacking ethically – lacking tolerance and patience and love – then, time to determine to act to begin again – with love and purity –

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