Maat: Feather of Truth

feather of truth , Egyptian stylised ostrich feather

The Maat is sometimes a flat platform on which deities stand on , however here we will talk about Maat as the representation of the ethical and moral principle that every Egyptian citizen was expected to follow. Maat was personified as a goddess in which an ostrich feather is the primary symbol of the concept. The Feather of Truth .

What the Maat symbolises to the Ancient Egyptians  

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Law

Truth

Order

Honour

Balance

Harmony

Morality and Justice

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Its Energy

Balance, Order

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These principles and rules sought to avert chaos and it became the basis of Egyptian law. From an early period the Pharaohs  would describe himself as the “Lord of Maat”.

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

maar goddess feather of truth

Hieroglyphic for Maat:

U5
a
t C10
or H6
or U5
D36
X1 Y1
Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1
or U1 Aa11
X1
C10
or C10
or U5
D42
X1
Y1
Z2
I12
or U5
D42
X1
H6 C10 Y1 Z3
or H6 X1
H8
C10