"Maat, who links universal to terrestrial, the divine with the human, and is incomprehensible to the cerebral intelligence." [Ancient Egyptian Proverb]
Many consider Maat as a goddess of justice , but she is much more then that. In the Egyptian pantheon, Maat is a emanation of balance, truth and harmony - the first emanation of Ra, the light of his eye, the sacred bee and garancy of cosmic order and immortality.
As a first creation and emanation of principles of divine will, light and truth - She appears as a primordial mother of all Egyptian's Goddesses. In "her omnipotent exsistence", she obedient all their manifestations, creations and characteristics. Thats why, very usualy, she doesn't appear in the pantheon of Egyptian gods - she is above them, right after her Father.
The many different names of Ma’at give an idea of her importance to Egyptian society. Egyptians referred to Ma’at as:
• Eye of Ra
• Mistress of the Underworld
• Queen of the Earth
• Lady of Heaven
• Lady of the Gods and Goddesses
Egyptians saw Ma’at as an everlasting goddess. By representing order, she became the most important goddess of ancient Egypt.
Ma'at's ability to view truth and justice was key in judging a soul.
Being beyond the force which kept the Egypt functioning as an orderly society, Ma’at held an important role in the afterlife. She not only kept order among the living, but served as the judge of the afterlife.
After death, Ma’at would judge the hearts of the dead in Osiris’s Judgment Halls of the Dead. Once the dead reached the halls, Ma’at would weigh the heart of each person against the weight of her ostrich feather. If the heart weighed the same or less than the feather, they were considered just and worthy of continuing into the Duat, or everlasting afterlife. [anon from FaceBook]