The Ancient Egyptians. One of the first and most civilized societies in history. Faithful, superstitious and somewhat confusing, the Egyptians had some of the most interesting beliefs in the spiritual world.
The Egyptians believed that the soul could not carry onto the afterlife if they had not preserved the body and organs of the deceased, not doing so would mean the deceased would loose their identity. They would remove the organs from the corpse and place them in jars symbolising the Four Sons of Horus. Then they would embalm the body with spices and wrap it up in bandages, embedding talismans and amulets within the wrappings, this is known as mummification.
So, what happens to the soul? Well, the soul has to goes to Duat, the world of the dead, and passes through a type of "Judgement Day". They would undergo multiple riddles, tests and questions. The god of mummification, Anubis, checks the purity of their heart, whether or not it is weighed down by the soul's regret and guilt from his or her life on earth. They do this by measuring it's weight and comparing it to a feather representing the goddess of Truth. A heart weighing less than the feather is considered pure and one weighing more than the feather would be eaten up by the demon Ammit, part hippo, part crocodile and part lion. This is also why most people put in a surrogate heart with the corpse, disposing of the real heart belonging to the deceased.
Those who passed the judgement were able to continue a long and dangerous journey, passing through somewhat 15-21 gates to get to Osiris in Aaru, also known as Paradise.
However confusing that may be, at one gate, the Egyptians are asked two questions, both determining their fate.
Ask yourself if you have. Have you truly found that level of happiness? Where it's no longer simply being happy, it's being joyful. Joy, like an eruption of bubbles filling your bloodstream, tickling your veins and making its way to your heart, filling it with warm goo.