Mar 07, 2000 01:47 PST
"As a moral power Maat was the greatest of the Goddesses, in her Dual form Maati ie., the Maat Goddess of the South and North, she was the lady of the Judgement Hall, and she became the personification of justice, who awarded to every man his due; judging by some vignettes which represent the weighing of the heart she took at times, the form of the balance itself.
When he (the deceased) arived inside the hall he found assembled there the forty two accessors or judges drawn up in two rows, each of which contain twenty one judges, one on each side of the length of the hall. Before each of these he was obliged to make a solemn declaration that he had not commited a certain sin; these forty two denials are commonly known as the 'negative confession'." —Budge, The Gods of the Egyptians
The Maatian Atu
The Maatian Atu is based on the symbolism of the Judgement Hall. The Twenty One Maati Goddesses; ie: Trumps (+Paths and -Tunnels) sit on each side of the balance. Maat is seen here as both the Balance itself and the Vulture poised atop the scales, at the infintesimal point of inbetweeness, feasting on the carrion produced by the annhilliation of duality.
ibLis (Quit Looking!!)
"Anubis was the gaurdian of the door at the end by which the deceased entered and which was called khersek-Shu; One leaf of the door was called the Neb-Maat-Heri-Tep-Retui-F, and the other Leaf Neb-Pehti-Thesu-Menmenet. These names had to be learnt and uttered by the deceased before he was allowed to enter the Hall of the Maati Goddesses."