Ma’at the Goddess of Justice

Ma'at the Goddess of Justice

In the ancient Egyptian worldview, Ma’at was a concept representing truth, justice, and order in the universe. It formed the basis of morality that every Egyptian citizen had to follow and every Pharaoh had to uphold. Sometimes the Egyptians would represent Ma’at as a goddess wearing an ostrich feather under her headband. This feather was a symbol of truth against which the hearts of the dead would be weighed on a scale; only if the heart weighed less than the feather could the dead enter the afterlife.

Hathor

Hathor

Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, takes a stroll amidst the fields of Aaru (which was essentially the Egyptian conception of heaven). The staff she’s carrying is called a was-scepter, and it’s believed to represent power and authority. Both gods and kings could be portrayed as wielding the was-scepter in Egyptian art.

Blasian War Goddess

Blasian War Goddess

This ferocious war goddess is supposed to represent a theological fusion between the Egyptian Sekhmet (known for her big cat motif) and the Hindu Kali. To go along with this, her ancestry would be a mixture of African and Southeast Asian, or “Blasian” (Black/Asian). If the ancient Egyptian religion were to spread into Southeast Asia and intermix with the local Hindu-influenced faith, they might imagine a war goddess very similar to this.

Dance of the Apsara

Dance of the Apsara

A Hindu apsara, a beautiful female spirit of the clouds and waters, performs her ballet high up in her heavenly abode. The concept of the apsara being originated in India like the Hindu religion itself, but would later spread to Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Champa kingdom in southern Vietnam.

Originally I had a New Guinean or Melanesian heritage in mind for this specific character, but I believe she could also represent the aboriginal dark-skinned peoples of India before the Aryans started moving into the subcontinent from their Central Asian homeland. Southeast Asia too would have been populated by darker-skinned “Negrito” peoples before “Sundadont” Asians migrated into the region from the south of China.

African-American

African-American

Both this woman’s design and her background are supposed to represent the fundamentally dual heritage that the African-American people have. One part of it is rooted in Africa (most of all West Africa) and the other in the culture that developed in the United States of America. The amulet hanging from the woman’s necklace is a cross between an American star, an Egyptian ankh, and a West African adinkra symbol for freedom and emancipation.

Under the Sauropod

Under the Sauropod

Fish in a Jurassic river go about their routines around the feet of a wading sauropod dinosaur (I had in mind one of the brachiosaurs). Although the old belief that sauropods would have been primarily aquatic has been discredited for the most part, I’m sure they occasionally waded or swam across water, either to get from place to place or to cool off under the intense Mesozoic heat.