Khet “Symbol of the Physical Body” The Physical form where the souls existed Khet was necessary in order for the soul to possess intelligence as it stands in front of the guardians of the underworld. All the bodies were mummified and stored in their own burial chamber which the life of the deceased decorated across its walls so everyone can remember their past. When the judgment ceremony took place, the body was awakened by a series of funerary rituals and rites to unite with its soul once more. The quality of the body has an effective impact on the quality of the afterlife that’s why the ancient Egyptians seeks to improve the mummification process to perfection plus provide the deceased with the finest tomb in order to maintain the viability of his Khet. Note: The Khet symbol was the physical manifestation of the soul and house where the soul acted and survived until the time of judgment.
- Khet, an Ancient Egyptian concept of the soul or spirit
overview The Khat was the physical body which, when it became a corpse, provided the link between one’s soul and one’s earthly life. The soul would need to be nourished after death just as it had to be while on earth, and so food and drink offerings were brought to the tomb and laid on an offerings table. Egyptologist Helen Strudwick observes that “one of the most common subjects for tomb paintings and carvings was the deceased seated at an offerings table laden with food” (188). The dead body was not thought to actually eat this food but to absorb its nutrients supernaturally. Paintings and statues of the dead person were also placed in the tomb so that, if something should happen to damage the body, the statue or painting would assume its role.