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In Egyptian mythology, Maàt was the goddess of truth, justice and order as well as a word referring to those concepts she represents. Because it was the pharaoh's duty to ensure truth and justice, many of them were referred to as "Beloved of Maàt."
Maàt is depicted as a woman with wings and an ostrich feather on her head, although sometimes just the feather would be shown. These images are on some sarcophogi as a symbol of protection for the souls of the dead.
In Duat, the Egyptian underworld, the hearts of the dead are weighed against Maàt in the Hall of Two Truths. A heart which was unworthy was devoured by Ammit. Those people with good hearts were sent on to Osiris.
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