Today's post I'm dedicating to Ma'at - goddess of cosmic harmony, truth, justice and moral integrity.
Ma'at seemed to be more of a concept than
an actual goddess. Her name, literally, meant 'truth' in Egyptian. She
was truth, order, balance and justice personified. She was harmony, she
was what was right, she was what things should be. It was thought that
if Ma'at didn't exist, the universe would become chaos, once again!
Egyptians believed that the universe was above everything else
an ordered and rational place. It functioned with predictability and
regularity; the cycles of the universe always remained constant; in the
moral sphere, purity was rewarded and sin was punished. Both morally and
physically, the universe was in perfect balance.
Ma'at did not exist until Ra rose from the waters of Nun (various
gods and goddesses of Chaos). She was known as a Neter goddess, and as
such, was described as a daughter of Ra. But without Ma'at, Egyptians
believed that Nun would reclaim the universe. She was also thought to be
the wife of Thoth, moon god and god of the wisdom.
She was, really, the most important deity of them all.
So long my friends,