“The dead man is at one and the same time in heaven…
“The dead man is at one and the same time in heaven, in the god’s boat, under the earth, tilling the Elysian Fields, and in his tomb enjoying his victuals” –Ancient Egypt, Lionel Casson
I will start with Please forgive me if someone has already found this nugget–it seems unlikely that it has not been noted up to this point, but I cannot remember seeing it referenced since I have joined the site.
I was searching for “black smoke and judgement” and, of course, it brought up plenty of LOST blogs as well as some Egyptian Diety sites–no surprise there. I was looking into Anubis (who I am fairly certain has been mentioned here as the Egyptian god in charge of guiding the dead to and preparing the dead for the afterlife–symbolized as jackal-headed and holding an ankh). There was a side-bar with quick reference material, one of which was “Children: Kebechet”. The following is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kebechet :
“In Egyptian mythology, Kebechet…(various name spellings omitted)..was the deification of embalming liquid, her name meaning cooling water. Such liquid was seen as the child of Anubis, in the area where Kebechet was considered to exist, and consequently Kebechet was seen as his daughter.
As the deification of embalming, she was seen as the goddess of freshness and purification via water. She was seen as the goddess of freshness and purificaton through water who washed the intrails of the deceased and brought sacred water to Anubis for his tasks. She was thought to give water to the spirits of the dead while they waited for the mummification process to be complete. She was probably related to mummification where she would fortify the body against corruption, so it would stay fresh for reanimation by the deceased’s ka.”
Of course, I had to look up “ka”, and at www.thekeep.org, I found the following under the heading The Egyptian Concept of the Soul:
“Ka–The double that lingered on in the tomb inhabiting the body or even statues of the deceased, but was also independent of man and could move, eat and drink at will. There was both a higher, guardian angel like Ka and lower Ka that came from knowledge learned on earth.”
“In Egypt, one person could have multiple afterlives-each different part of the person would be able to have its own existence after death, if they survived the trials of the underworld and the Osirian judgement of the dead with all of their magical spells.”
I read on other sites that the embalming water was considered to be a part of Anubis, even though it is referred to a daughter at times, which if we think of Jacob as Anubis, would explain the defiling of the water, but Anubis is typically depicted as black. He IS guiding people to the island. There were also some variations in which Anubis is not in charge of just guiding and preparing but also judging, but I have always seen Smokey as the judge (your heart has to be lighter than a feather to enter the afterlife in the Egyptian world). What do you guys think? My lunch break is over and I have not eaten yet!