Ma’at symbolized truth, order, balance and justice to the ancient Egyptians with an ostrich feather in her hair. Ma’at was created when chaos was brought into balance, symbolizing the order of the creation, required for the universe to exist. The universe was a place of order to the Egyptians, a mystical, magickal place of patterns. When someone passed away, their heart was placed on a scale. If the persons heart was heavier than the feather of Ma’at, it revealed one’s life to have been at an imbalance to Ma’at and he would not be granted permission to pass into an eternal afterlife.
Ma’at was believed to be married to Thoth, the god of the moon, god of wisdom, who would place the person’s heart on the scale.
Pharoah‘s were expected to live in accordance to the moral order, the law of Ma’at, or it was feared the world would fall back into chaos