Ma'at, Egyptian Goddess of Justice

Ma'at, Egyptian Goddess of Justice

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Caption: Bronze figurine of Goddess Ma'at, Egypt, Late Period-Ptolemaic Period (711-30 BC). Ma'at was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. Her masculine counterpart was Thoth and their attributes are the same. Her primary role in Egyptian mythology dealt with the weighing of souls that took place in the underworld, Duat. Her feather was the measure that determined whether the souls (considered to reside in the heart) of the departed would reach the paradise of afterlife successfully.

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