MAAT'S FEATHER

MAAT'S FEATHER

By VULPA

 

Original Artwork

Digital Painting

300 mm x 300 mm

"Ma'at is good and its worth is lasting.

It has not been disturbed since the day of its creator,

whereas he who transgresses its ordinances is punished.

It lies as a path in front even of him who knows nothing.

Wrongdoing has never yet brought its venture to port.

It is true that evil may gain wealth but the strength of truth is that it lasts;

a man can say: "It was the property of my father.""

 

Frankfort, Henri. Ancient Egyptian Religion. p. 62.

MAAT’S FEATHER by VULPA

Ma’at was a female goddess in the ancient Egyptian religion that represented the most basic laws of existence. She was the goddess truth, justice, balance and morality.

In the Duat, the Egyptian underworld, the hearts of the dead were said to be weighed against her feather of truth, "Feather of Ma'at," which was considered the personification of the cosmic order and a representation of the stability of the universe.

She decided whether a person would successfully reach the afterlife. If the heart was found to be lighter or equal in weight to the feather of Maat, the deceased had led a virtuous life and would go on to Aaru. A heart which was unworthy was devoured by the goddess Ammit and its owner condemned to remain in the Duat.

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