DEath WishEs

Egyptians used to writE DEath Wishes that wErE rEally ‘Good Luck’ mEssagEs for thEir journey in the UndErworld!

They wErE gEnErally carvEd into wood, or stonE, and somEtimEs shapEd as a scarab bEEtlES. The British MusEum havE a bluE scarab bEEtlE Exhibit, but thE writing on thEirs is in hiEroglyphics!

All the Death WishEs In the gamE arE takEn from a book callEd ‘The Egyptian Book of the DEad’. In this book ArE lists of rEal wishEs that have bEEn found in pyramidS, tombs and ON OTHER anciEnt Egyptian artEfacts.

1) WHY ‘CHANGE ME INTO A HERON’? – HERONS WERE SYMBOLS OF THE RISING AND SETTING SUN

2) WHY ‘ALLOW ME TO BREATHE IN THE AFTERLIFE’? – THEY WANTED TO BREATHE AS THEY MADE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE CHALLENGES OF THE UNDERWORLD.

3) WHY ‘OPEN MY MOUTH TO TAKE IN FOOD’? – DESPITE HAVING THEIR ORGANS REMOVED DURING MUMMIFICATION, THEY STILL WANTED TO BE ABLE TO EAT IN THE AFTERLIFE!

4) WHY ‘KEEP MY KA AND BA SPIRITS’? – KA AND BA ARE WHAT WE NOW CALL OUR BODY AND SOUL. THEY WANTED THEIR MIND TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR BODY IN THE AFTERLIFE!

5) WHY ‘CHANGE ME INTO A LOTUS FLOWER’? – LOTUS FLOWERS WERE associated with rebirth and nEw lifE. ThEY ALSO THOUGHT THAT THE FLOWER WAS LIKE THE SUN – OPENING DURING THE DAY (WHEN THE SUN IS OUT) AND CLOSING AT NIGHT (WHEN THE SUN ‘GOES AWAY’).

6) WHY ‘LET ME IN THE SUN GOD’S BOAT’? – THE JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNDERWORLD WAS MADE IN A BOAT! AS THEY TRAVELLED THROUGH THE 12 GATES, THEY NEEDED TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGES OF MANY SERPENTS AND GODS.