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Amenthes



The unseen world of the ancient Egyptians, the Hades of the Greeks, who borrowed their ideas about the lower world from Egypt. The passage across the river, the islands of the blessed, Cerberus, and the judgment of the dead, all have their origins in Amenthes, the localities of which, and the account of its divinities, are described in the famous Book of the Dead, as well as in pictorial representations. The principal scene is the judgment seat of Osiris, the judge of the dead, before whom the dead are carried by the goddess Ma ("righteousness"), while Horus and Anubis weigh out their deeds.