Egyptian Mythology: Heart vs Ma’at

Egyptian Mythology: Heart vs Ma’at

When Atum created the world, the chaos and disorder of Nun was pushed out beyond the borders of the Universe. In it’s place was left a wonderful sense of balance, justice and cosmic harmony known as Ma’at. This principle of Egyptian life, informing their morality, their laws and politics. The personification of Ma’at was a young goddess, often she was seen wearing feather.

Egyptians thought the soul resides in the heart. When an Egyptian died, Anubis ( God of death) would take their heart and set it on a scales, weighting it against Ma’ta feather. The outcome would determine how closely people lived there life according to Ma’ta principles. Hearts that did not not make the grade suffered a second death and were consumed by the goddess Ammit.

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