42 Ideals of Maat

The ancient Egyptians used the word Neter to describe the life force/supreme being that created the earth, the heavens, the sea, the sky, men and women, animals, birds, and creeping things, all that is and all that shall be.

From the neter emerges the neteru, which some have translated to be gods and goddess but are actually much more than that.  The neteru are cosmic principles, laws, and forces of Universal Nature and the Psyche that pervade the whole universe. They are the means by which Neter sustains Creation and manifests through it.  Ma'at is the neteru who personifies principles of truth, justice, balance and harmony.

Maat or Maʽat, refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. The fundamental order of the universe.

 

The Egyptians believed strongly that every individual was responsible for his or her own life and that life should be lived with other people and the earth in mind. In the same way that the neteru cared for humanity, so should humans care for each other and the earth which they had been provided with. This philosophy is evident in every aspect of Egyptian culture from the way they constructed their cities to the balance and symmetry of their temples and monuments. If one lived harmoniously in the will of the neteru, then one was living in harmony with the concept of ma’at.  One was free to live however one wanted, and completely ignore the principle of ma’at, but eventually one would face the trial which awaited everyone: judgment in the Hall of Truth (also known as The Hall of Two Truths) in the afterlife.

Ma'at first appears during the period known as the Old Kingdom ( 2613 – 2181 BCE ) but likely existed in some form earlier. She is depicted in anthropomorphic form as a winged woman, often in profile with an ostrich feather on her head, or simply as a white ostrich feather. The feather of Ma’at was an integral part of the Weighing of the Heart of the Soul ceremony in the Hall of Truth in the Duat (Egyptian underworld).

Osiris oversees the weighing of the heart of the soul of the dead person against the feather of Maat while they read the 42 Negative Confessions. If the heart was found to be lighter or equal in weight to the feather of Maat, the deceased had led a virtuous life and would go on to Aaru.

Maat is the daughter of Ra and teaches us to be pure, truthful, righteous and orderly within ourself. That means understanding our oneness with the universe, understanding that we are children of the Supreme Being. 

 

 In 1995, Rev. Loreon Vigne, and 8 other priestess of the Temple of Isis, undertook to create a modern day version of the Ancient 42 Laws of Ma’at transforming them into positive affirmative ideals while traveling in Egypt. 

42 Ideals of Maat Cocreators

In the front row is: Shasta Zaring, Morgan La Fey, Lorean, Elizabeth Kelley, Caryl Campbell & Egyptian guide at Sakkara. Top row standing: Caite Mathis, Carolyn, B.J. and Sophia. 

Film Credits

Directors, Producers, Lead Cast, Editors, Music Composers
Heather & Donny Regal

Director of Photography
Maria Moreno

Shot on Location
Maui, Hawaii
Chichén Itzá & Yaxuná
Mexico

Released
2-2-2022

 

REVIEWS

 

This piece is simply shot but it is very masterfully done."

~ FilmNet.io

Beautiful! 𝘛𝘩𝘦 42 𝘐𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘢'𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘴 ...
~ 𝘍𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘪𝘴 𝘎𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯, 𝘓𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘵 𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘮𝘦

Salmon – who is dressed in a gorgeous shimmering and flowy cape – moves like a divine bird gliding over the wonderful nature in Maui and, by watching this film, we almost feel like we’re following her through a journey of endless love.
~ New York Movie Awards

 

AWARDS

 

Global Music Awards
La Jolla, USA
Bronze Medal Winner - Experimental Short

Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles, USA
Best Super Short Film

New York Neorealism Film Awards
Rome, Italy
Best Super Short Film

Sweet Democracy Film Awards
Cannes, France
Best Super Short Film

Aphrodite Film Awards
New York, USA
Semi Finalist ~ Best Under 5 Minutes

Amsterdam International Film Festival
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nominee

4th Dimension Independent Film Festival 
Bali, Indonesia
Nominee

Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
Paris, France
Official Selection

New York Movie Awards
New York, USA
Honorable Mention

International Diversity Film Festival
Los Angeles, USA
Honorable Mention

Snow Leopard International Film Awards
Madrid, Spain
Official Selection

8 & Halfilm Awards
Rome, Italy
Official Selection

Toronto International Women Film Festival
Toronto, Canada
Official Selection - Experimental Short Film

Scarab Short Film Festival
Dubai, UAE
Official Selection - Micro Short

 


 

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