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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 84, Maat Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 84, Maat Summary and Analysis

Maat is most often described as an abstract concept, yet in murals and sculptures she is depicted as a woman with an ostrich feather on her head. Maat is referred to as The Eye of Heaven, but she is associated with the heart where moral judgments are made. The assembly of deities, the Ennead, rules by Maat's edicts. Maat watches the earth as the Morning Star and the Evening Star. Upon death, Maat greets each soul and judges it. In her scales she weighs each heart against the ostrich feather. Those who have a light heart have led a good and just life. She ties a blindfold around her eyes so that she may remain impartial. Maat announces the judgment so that it may be recorded on the leaves of the Tree of Life.

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