The Egyptians believed that you
could enjoy life after death. This belief in after life explains to us
why the Egyptians spent so much time in preparation for death and burial.
The Egyptians believed that the dead body had to be preserved for the next
life. This explains why they mummified the corpses to prevent decay.
In the mummification process, the body is rapped in several layers of linen. Then, the body is placed in a coffin and then into a tomb. Along with the body are placed items for the person to use in the after-life. These items included clothing, wigs, food, cosmetics, and jewelry, lots of jewelry.
Scenes of daily life are painted on the walls of the tomb. The Egyptians believed the Osiris would bring the dead person to life in these scenes. Many Egyptians placed texts containing prayers, hymns, spells, and other information about the person in the tomb. Most of this information was meant to help guide the person in the after-life. One of the most famous texts found is called The Book of the Dead. Figures known shabtis were also placed in the tomb. Shabtis were mummy shaped statues that served as servant s for the pharaoh in the afterlife.
Then before the person may enter the world of paradise he must pass the final test, the weighing of the heart. The Egyptians believed that bad deeds weighed the heart so before they could enter their heart had to be weighed against the feather of moth (goddess of truth and justice). Anibus, the god of embalming, takes the results of the test to Thoth, the god of writing. If the heart is lighter than the feather he may enter but if not the person may enter the afterlife.