Judgment.... Apr 21, 2007 15:08:18 GMT -5
Post by stormcat on Apr 21, 2007 15:08:18 GMT -5
From a Ptolemaic papyrus No. 30646-When Satni-Khamose was a small boy, he lived with his father in a house in Thebes which overlooked the West Gate of the city through which the burials, taken to the West Bank, went. One day when they were looking out, Satni-khamose and his father saw two funerals passing by. One was that of a rich man, with mourners and many offerings, the other was a poor man who had no one following him and who was wrapped in his single garment and tied to the back of an Ass. When Satni-Khamose and his father saw this, his father said, "I hope when I die my funeral will be like that of the rich man." But Satni-Khamose said to his father, "No father, it would be much better if your funeral was that of the poor man." Then because Satni-Khamose was already a magician, even though he was a boy of twelve, he took his father by the hand and drew him to Abydos, north of Thebes, where there was an entry into the afterworld through a gap in the hills to the west of the cemetery. They entered the afterworld and proceeded through five divisions until they reached the sixth division, where the Hall of Judgment was, and Osiris was there judging the dead. The gate to this division was turning in its socket and in the socket was a man crying loudly from the pain of the gates turning. Satni-Khamose turned to his father and said, "This is the rich man whose funeral you saw a short time ago." Then Satni-Khamose pointed to a figure dressed in shining white, standing behind the throne of Osiris and said to his father, "Father that is the poor man whose funeral you saw this morning in Thebes."