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Hugin and Munin (Norse, “thought” and “memory”) are the twin ravens of Norse mythology.  They are the servants of the Norse All-Father, Odin. According to legend, they are sent out each morning and report back to Odin each evening on the reports of the happenings of the world.

The examples above are adapted from a Viking picture stone from Gotland, Sweden, called the “Larbro” stone, which depicts scenes of the Norse Gods and the afterlife.

The Larbro Stone
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In Kemetic (Egyptian) tradition, the Ba is the part of the human soul that remains with the body of the deceased. In Egyptian art, the Ba is often depicted as a winged figure, the Ba-bird, an emblem of the ascension of the soul after death.

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The Ba visits the mummy
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