Ammut

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Ammut is an Egyptian demoness, and the devourer of hearts. Depicted as a creature that has the head of a crocodile, the torso and fore paws of a lion, and the hind and rear legs of a hippopotamus, Ammut represents three animals that caused much harm and created much fear for the Egyptians.

In the underword (in the Hall of Ma'at more specifically) while the dead are having their hearts weighed, Ammut watches the scene and is responsible for eating the souls of those found unworthy.

It seems that in Egyptian religion there was no hell. You either had a light heart (it was lighter then the feather of Ma'at) and could live with Osiris, god of the dead, in the field of peace, or your heart was heavy with evil and you were eaten by Ammut as punishment

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