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All of my Deities Love Ma’at

I believe in the synchronization of hellenic and kemetic deities. I believe the netjeru bring out the best of the theoi, and vice versa. Though the communities may not always get together, these ancient kingdoms historically had a lot of interaction and synchronization.

One concept that joins both these religions I will refer to as ma’at. This is a kemetic deity and concept that lacks a direct translation in English, but has been interpreted as “justice”, “balance”, and “don’t be a dick”. This is a central belief in kemetic polytheism and guides our actions and interactions with the netjeru.

On the other hand, hellenic polytheism has no central belief such as ma’at. However there is a collection of values known to the modern HP community as “Pillars”. Collected most notably by Timothy Jay Alexander, these include arte (excellence), eusebia (loyalty and reciprocal relationships with the theoi), hagneia (ritual purity), nomos arkhaios (observing the old ways), sophia (the pursuit of knowledge and truth), sophrususe (control of thoughts through mindfulness), and xenia (hospitality and guest-host receprocity). Thought some of these are uniquely hellenic, the idea of justice through arte and balance through xenia and eusebia stand clear.

At first I didn’t see the connection. Ma’at is very kemetic and the various values are very hellenic. But in falling in love with both of these pantheons and religions, I needed to see why they were so connected through history. Ma’at was that bridge. Both the netjeru and the theoi speak of justice. They stand for balance. They oppose needless chaos and promote order. How they go about that, however, is completely up to them, and to a certain extent, us.

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4 thoughts on “All of my Deities Love Ma’at

  1. I actually think that almost all of the Hellenic tenets listed could be considered facets of ma’at, esp. if you compare or contrast them with what the EGyptians wrote in their Wisdom Texts.

    arte (excellence) is an easy one, because we are all striving to be excellent. To ourselves and others, and that’s a part of ma’at.
    Arguably, eusebia (loyalty and reciprocal relationships with the theoi) is part of ma’at, because part of keeping things in balance is honoring the gods. We downplay this more in the modern era, but I think the Egyptians would have considered it a key point of their culture, esp. for the King. it was part of his job, as protector and overseer of the people, to work hand in hand with the gods, and give them their proper due so that things ran smoothly.
    Hagneia (ritual purity) is a key part in ritual structure for priests, which plays into the last paragraph above, so I think for certain people in certain roles, it could be considered a part of ma’at.
    Nomos arkhaios (observing the old ways) possibly does, too, if only because the Egyptains strove to make sure that everything was as close to Zep Tepi as could be possible. So “the first time” was considered a pinnacle, a highlight. And since all ritual strove to recreate that… in a way, I think it could be considered a part of ma’at.
    And I would say that sophia (the pursuit of knowledge and truth) is def in alignment, since taking care of the self and the mind are key things mentioned in wisdom texts. Same goes for sophrususe (control of thoughts through mindfulness) because that’s part of being moderate in your actions, which the wisdom texts equate to living in ma’at.
    And xenia (hospitality and guest-host receprocity) also makes sense because it’s part of that “don’t be a dick”.

    idk just… random thoughts that I had idk if helpful or annoying >.>;;;

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    1. I really like your thoughts! It is important to note here that these are largely not all super observed? For example I’m super revivalist so nomos arkhaios is not a huge deal to me. But xenia, eusbeia and arte are really the foundation of hellenic polyheism, and they are arguably the most in line with the principles of ma’at.

      It’s not surprising that they all align so well, historically hellenics and kemetics were kinda really intertwined. I’m actually surprised more people haven’t combined the two practices more, they’re so compatible.

      Again, I really appreciate your comment 🙂

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      1. Glad I didn’t come off as annoying or anything XDD That does remind me, though, have you looked into Neos Alexandria? I believe they are a group of people who focuses on the particular area of history where Egypt and Greece/Rome all sorta intertwined and mixed their cultures together. I do find it interesting as well that not many people practice the two religions together. It’s like most ppl are either into pre-GR era Kemeticism, or Hellnism without the Egyptian influence. funny how that happens :>

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      2. I love looking through Neos Alexandria! It was a huge part of me exploring hellenic-kemetic polytheism. However there is, in my opinion, a huge difference between a neos alexandria practice and a hellenic-kemetic practice. For one neos alexandria has a HUGE pantheon, grabbing from greek, egyptian, roman, near east, and italian deities. It’s a monolith of simply respectful upkeep. Hellenic-kemetic allows for a narrower focus, and honestly, hellenic and kemetic polytheism mesh better than any other pantheons, at least in my opinion. I’m still largely a hellenic polytheist, but the netjeru are demanding more and more from me, and I love it.

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