Usage Egyptian Mythology
Other Forms FormsAhemait, Ammemet, Ammut
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Contributor Contrib.bananarama on 8/18/2009
Means "devourer" or "soul eater". In Egyptian mythology she was a female demon and funerary deity with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus, and crocodile, all of which were seen as dangerous animals to the ancient Egyptians. Her titles included 'Devourer of the Dead', 'Eater of Hearts', and 'Great of Death'. She was said to live near the scales of justice in Duat, and when a heart was judged, if deemed unpure, she would eat it. She was not worshiped however; she was the embodiment of the fear of the afterlife.