Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Egyptian Goddess Ma'at

Ma'at 
Goddess of Truth, Balance, Order & Justice


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! For the Egyptian 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.

The Egyptians also had a strong sense of morality and justice. They felt that the good should prosper, and that the guilty would be punished. They praised those who defended the weak and the poor and placed a high value on loyalty especially to ones family. However, they also understood that it was not possible to be perfect, just balanced. Ma´at transcended specific ethical rules (which differed according to different times and different peoples) and instead focused on the natural order of things. That being said, certain actions were clearly against Ma´at as they increased the effect of chaos and had a purely negative effect on the world.

Love the Mythology of Ma'at. My Mom taught me about Ma'at last November, and I fell in love with what she stands for. I'm a Libra, and it kind of ties into the same meanings..Justice, Scales, Balance. Stars & Universe.











3 comments:

Wifezilla Hekela said...

I love Egyptian Mythology :) Makes you think about what it was to live in a time...and how the hell did they make all that stuff and them pyramids. Crazy! I am a firm believer in Ancient Astronaut Theory. Have you heard of it??

Wild as a Mink said...

oh I love this...those Egyptians knew what was up, eh? I'm a libra too and it sooooooooooooooo ties in with our need for justice, balance, etc!

Natalie said...

@Wife, I've never heard about Ancient Astronaut Thoery but you have me intrigued, I'm going to have to google it.

@Wild, That's why you're SOOOOOOO AWESOME, you're a LIBRA!!!