The Feather Test

The ancient Egyptians had many interesting beliefs, especially when it came to their gods, goddesses and the afterlife.

Today’s photo, taken at the Rosicrucian Museum in the San Jose, CA area this past Saturday, shows a scene from the afterlife.  The painting is in the underground “tomb” in the museum and depicts a heart of the dead being weighed on a set of scales.  Toward the left on the scale is a red jar that holds the heart of the deceased, and on the counter-balanced part on the left is a feather.  The Egyptians believed that if the heart was as light as a feather then the person would be granted afterlife, but if not….well, too bad, so sad.  Crouching next to the scales (to the left) is a carnivorous beast that is just waiting to see the result of the weighing.  Why?  Because if the heart is not as light as a feather, the beast gets to eat the heart and that spells the end for the deceased.  You can tell how this beast hopes the test turns out!

_MG_3939ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city’s 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working. There were 1,780 nurses before-only 150 remained who were able to tend to the sick and dying.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: for every kilogram weight added to a space flight, 530 kilograms of excess fuel are required to get it into space.

 

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