Weighing of the Heart

Weighing of the Heart

by Eileen

The ancient Egyptians called it the Ib, seat of emotion and thought, dropped from the heart of a mother into her child at conception. At death, it testifies before the gods against its possessor and if the weight it carries is heavier than a feather, the soul is consumed by the monster Ammit: Devourer of the Dead.

The Norse had Niflhel. The Greek, Tartarus. No one mourns lost civilizations or dead religions, only people.

Last night I lay awake wondering if that isn't the greatest sin of them all. Then, for the fist of lead in my chest, I wept.

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