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Yaaru

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Egyptian myth, Yaaru (Iaru, Aalu) are the fields of the nether-world, located in the realm of the dead, the domain of Osiris. It is a beautiful place (an equivalent of Eden) were the deceased can perform their favorite activities. These fields are tilled to provide the dead with food. It is represented as a vast field of wheat, symbol of life. Yaaru is situated in the east where the sun rises, but is sometimes also referred to as a group of islands. They correspond roughly to the Elysian Fields of the Greeks. The antipode of Yaaru is Duat, the dark realm of the dead.

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  • Also known as:
    Aaru
    Aalu
  • Pronunciation:
    yah'roo

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