Egyptian Field of Reeds, Death is Not the End

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The Egyptians believed that the soul continued on after death. The concept of the “Field of Reeds”, was depicted as a paradise for the soul. Any who lived virtuous lives and adhered to Ma’at, the principle of balance and harmony could journey there.

The Concept of Aaru

The Field of Reeds, also known as Aaru, was depicted as a lush meadow where the soul could exist in a peaceful afterlife. There, the deceased could enjoy their lives in the company of their loved ones, surrounded by the bounties of nature. This celestial paradise was considered the ultimate reward for leading a just and moral life.

Journey to Aaru

A person’s journey to the afterlife was marked by trials and challenges. The heart of the deceased was weighed against the feather of Ma’at in the Hall of Two Truths during the judgment by Osiris, the god of the afterlife. If the heart was found to be lighter than the feather, it symbolized that the individual had led a righteous life and could continue their journey to Aaru. 

No one is quite sure where the “Field of Reeds” lies. It might be in the sky or it might dwell under the earth, in the domain of Osiris. Spell 149 of the Book of the Dead states “I know the gate in the middle of the Field of Reeds from which Re goes out into the middle of the sky”.

Tiny Servants

Many Egyptians were buried with shabtis, small figurines intricately crafted to serve the deceased in the afterlife. The word “shabti” originates from the ancient Egyptian work for “stick”. In the New Kingdom, it took on the meaning of “substitute.”

Shabtis were created with the purpose of acting as substitutes for the deceased. One of the tasks in the Field of Reeds was to plough the fields. If one had a shabti, it would magically come to life and plough the field for you. 

Each shabti only worked for one day of the year. Thus if you wanted a relaxing afterlife, you needed to be buried with a whole year’s worth of shabti figures. 

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Egyptian Afterlife: Weighing of the Soul

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The ancient Egyptians believed that all deeds resided in a person’s heart — the bad and the good. When you died, your heart was weighed against the feather of Maat (goddess of truth and justice). This process was called the weighing of the soul and it determined what sort of afterlife you could expect.

Ma’at – A Universe in Perfect Order

The goddess Ma’at was the daughter of Ra and married to Thoth, god of wisdom. But she was so much more than a simple goddess in the mythological hierarchy of Egypt. Ma’at was a primordial force that keep the world working. With Ma’at, the world had order because she kept everything in balance.

The ancient Egyptians believed the universe had an order to it, and it was Ma’at who kept everything in balance. Her name referred to the overarching concept of truth, order, and justice that she represented. The ancient Egyptians believed that the world was maintained through the principles of Ma’at, which included notions of truthfulness, moral integrity, and social harmony.

A Single Feather

The Feather of Ma’at, also known as the Feather of Truth, was a symbolic element in ancient Egyptian mythology and religious beliefs. After death, a person’s soul would enter the Hall of Ma’at in the underworld, where their heart would be weighed against the Feather of Ma’at on a set of scales. 

If the heart was found to be lighter than the Feather of Ma’at, it symbolized that the person had led a virtuous and just life, adhering to the principles of truth and social harmony. The person was deemed worthy to proceed to the eternal paradise known as the “Field of Reeds.”

Should the scales tip unfavorably, signifying a heart burdened with the weight of wrongdoing, a dire fate awaited the soul. Ammit, a fearsome deity with the head of a crocodile, body of a lion, and hindquarters of a hippopotamus, stood ready to devour the heart. The soul of the deceased would then face eternal punishment or be denied access to the afterlife.

The emphasis on the balance between one’s actions and truth echoes the universal human pursuit of leading a morally upright life. The choices we make in life reverberate beyond our existence.

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Exploring Junji Ito’s Haunting Realms of Japanese Horror Manga

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Junji Ito is the undisputed master of Japanese horror manga. With his twisted and surreal narratives, Ito has cemented his status as one of the most influential figures in the genre. Works like “Uzumaki,” “Tomie,” and “Gyo” showcase his mastery in blending body horror, psychological torment, and cosmic dread. Ito’s ability to delve into the darkest recesses of the human psyche has captivated audiences worldwide, solidifying his legacy as a modern horror icon.

A Glimpse into the Mind of Junji Ito

Initially inspired by classic horror movies like Dracula, Frankenstein, and Suspiria, Junji Ito began reading the horror manga of Kazuo Umezu at age 4. He even tried his own hand at manga, saying: “I took a pencil and paper, or sometimes the back of advertisements, and would draw frames, imitating the manga I had read.”

His professional ourney into manga began when he submitted a story to horror magazine, Monthly Halloween, earning him recognition and encouragement to pursue his passion. The story was later serialized in the late 1980s as “Tomie,” a chilling series exploring the malevolent power of a beautiful, immortal girl. 

The Power of the Bizarre

At the core of Ito’s approach to horror lies his profound understanding of fear as a fundamental human emotion. He taps into our primal fears, expertly weaving the strange into everyday settings. His stories deal with body horror, psychological torment, or cosmic horror.

Ito draws inspiration from various sources, including H.P. Lovecraft, Salvador Dalí, and H.R. Giger. In interviews, he has also credited the films of Guillermo del Toro. 


New readers to Ito should start with Uzumaki, where a mysterious curse engulfs its residents of the town of Kurouzu-cho. A spiral motif infects every aspect of life, twisting minds and bodies with increasing intensity. Ito’s intricate illustrations beautifully capture the grotesque transformations, immersing readers in a relentless descent into madness.


His breakthrough work was “Tomie” where a seductive young woman brings about jealousy, obsession, and a chilling cycle of death and regeneration. Ito weaves a complex tale exploring the depths of human desire and the destructive consequences it can unleash.


This manga focuses on body horror as fish-like creatures with mechanical appendages invade the land. Through atmospheric visuals and spine-chilling encounters, Ito pushes the boundaries of what it means to be repulsed and fascinated simultaneously.

Influences and Legacy

Junji Ito’s unparalleled imagination and masterful storytelling have firmly established him as a titan in the realm of horror manga. Whether you’re a die-hard horror fan or a casual reader, immersing yourself in the twisted and captivating worlds crafted by Junji Ito is an experience that will both haunt and fascinate you for years to come. 

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The Bizarre and Bewildering World of Apollyon SCP Entities

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Picture this: a universe where objects defy logic, creatures shatter the boundaries of comprehension, and phenomena threaten the very fabric of existence. As you traverse the cryptic corridors of the SCP Foundation, you will come across anomalous objects, creatures, and phenomena. The Apollyon SCP entities pose an existential threat to humanity and cannot be contained or controlled by the Foundation’s conventional means.

Apollyon Class Entities

The term “Apollyon” refers to Abaddon, mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible. It is associated with the destruction and end of the world. SCP Foundation authors have adopted this term to describe entities or phenomena that have the potential to bring about an apocalyptic scenario.

Apollyon-class SCP entities are characterized by their immense power, invulnerability, or sheer incomprehensibility. They are often portrayed as forces of destruction that defy containment, research, or understanding. These entities may possess reality-altering abilities, be beyond human comprehension, or exhibit anomalous properties that challenge the limits of the Foundation’s knowledge and capabilities.

SCP-192119 Unstoppable Computer Virus

This deadly computer virus can inject itself into any computer on the planet. No matter how well protected, no security can stand up to SCP-192119. Once infected, the virus created thousands of pop ups written in a strange language: ኃጢአተኛ ነፍስህ. 

These pop up windows cannot be closed. A glitching sound will play, even if the computer has no ability to create sound. Then the computer will detonate. Any persons who witness the computer explosions will suffer a heart attack. In addition, their cerebellums will swell and explode. SCP-192119 is sentient and aware of what it is doing.

SCP-3125 – “The Escapee”

Then there’s SCP-3125, an entity so incomprehensible that our puny human minds are reduced to quivering masses of jelly at its mere mention. This reality-defying monstrosity seeks to dismantle the very fabric of our perceptions. 

SCP-3125 originated in the fifth dimension, where concepts and ideas are alive. These living memes feast on weaker concepts to increase their power. Dubbed “The Escapee”, SCP-3125 has begun to emerge into our dimension. 

Anyone who learns about SCP-3125 will be targeted for attack. This entity will inhabit a victim’s mind and erase all knowledge of both SCP-3125 and its attack from the world. Should a person escape direct attack, or gain even a sliver of information about SCP-3125, then it will cause antimemetic spider-like creatures to emerge from bystanders. These anti-memes will attack and kill anyone with knowledge of “The Escapee.”

The only place it is safe to “think” about SCP-3125 is the one place it will never go: its own containment cell in the Foundation. Operatives can enter the room and be safe. 


The Foundation’s response to Apollyon-class entities is typically focused on minimizing their impact or delaying their inevitable effects, rather than attempting to directly contain or neutralize them. In some cases, containment protocols for Apollyon-class entities involve information suppression or the implementation of long-term plans to mitigate or delay their catastrophic effects.

In a universe where reality itself can bend and break, where forces beyond comprehension lurk, we find solace in our humble insignificance.

Tim Kane

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