A wall painting of Tutankhamun comes to life. He tells us that he ruled Egypt for a short time but was a lucky king because he has all his treasures to take with him into the afterlife. He believes that when he goes for the day of judgement and when they weigh his heart against the feather of truth, they will see that he was a fair and truthful ruler. His scarab amulet will protect his heart so that he will pass safely into the gracious afterlife.

This clip is from:
Landmarks, Pharaohs and Gods
First broadcast:
7 December 2007

After viewing the clip, ask: "What did the Ancient Egyptians believe about the afterlife?" Pupils could use information books, digital resources and the web to discover more. Photographs of wall-paintings of the period are particularly useful as sources. Encourage pupils to make paintings to show the progress of the soul as understood by the Ancient Egyptians, particularly the weighing of the deceased's heart in a balance against the feather of truth.