Feather of Two Truths

 

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Osiris and the Sacred Scale, courtesy of National Geographic

The days on earth ended

And the days in Afterlife began

As the Final Judgment of Osiris,

The Lord of the Underworld

To weigh the sins of the man

On the Scale of Two Truths

Against the Sacred Feather

In the Hall of Goddess of Truth

Waited for him to say “Never!”

 

The assisting gods recited

The long line of sins on earth

To which the man answered,

“No, I had committed none,

None of the sins from birth to death.”

Then Osiris ordered the goddess

To put the man’s heart on the scale

And the Sacred Feather in her arms

To be on the other side of the scale.

 

The heart as light as the Sacred Feather

Kept the Perfect Balance of the Scale,

And the Supreme Judge decided to declare

The man to be true of voice by the Scale

And allowed him to enter in eternal bliss

Celestial Garden among the Stars

That never died but lived forever

Sailing as his happy heart wished

And filled with Eternal Euphoria.

 

P.S.: This poem was based upon my reading of the ‘Book of the Dead,’ an ancient Egyptian guide to the Underworld instructing the dead what to expect, where to go, and how to behave when entering the Underworld. The ancient Egyptians regarded death as new life, the beginning of the Afterlife where the souls of the virtuous dead lived in a heavenly landscape that looked so much like Egypt on earth. The blissful afterlife was meritorious by the ruling of Osiris, the supreme ruler of the Underworld, who questioned the souls of the dead according to a long list of sins that mankind was prone to commit by nature and put their negation of sins on a test by putting each of their hearts on the divine scale to weigh against Maat’s Feather.” Maat was the goddess of truth, and as she put the heart on the other side of the scale, the balance would remain the same if the heart was free of sins. Only such a sinless, weightless heart would give the soul of the man a passport to Paradise. Fascinating. 

4 thoughts on “Feather of Two Truths

  1. Veronica

    What a mysterious, captivating poem! I have always been fascinated with the Ancient Egyptian myths and the rituals regarding the Underworld. It seems this civilization possessed knowledge unknown to us!

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    1. Stephanie Suh Post author

      Thanks! I have recently read a National Geographic article about the book of the dead in which the names of Egyptian gods and goddesses and their offices in afterlife are inscribed for the mortals to be prepared for meeting with them after life on earth. Enthralling ⭐️

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      1. Veronica

        The passion with which the Ancient Egyptians prepared for the Final Journey never ceases to amaze me! Their entire lives were, in a sense, dedicated to Death.

        I always learn something new from your exquisite writing – it’s a great pleasure to read your blog!☺️

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      2. Stephanie Suh Post author

        Thanks a lot for your insightful comment. Yes, the ancient Egyptians regarded death as a beginning of a new life. Isn’t it something? And the way they construed the outlook on Afterlife is fascinating. To learn history makes us reflect on the beauty of humanity and it’s continuity. That’s why I see history as a branch of literature made by artists and artificers full of stories to tell to posterity.🤓 Have a lovely day.⭐️

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