Dating back to the First Dynasty, Mafdet is the goddess of judgment, justice, and execution. Protector of the pharaoh, she is the first feline goddess, predating Bastet and Sekhme.
Like most Egyptian goddesses, two sides personify her: docile and aggressive. On her gentle side, she appears as judge dispensing justice both by pardoning and executing. Her vicious nature shows in this role, and here she takes the form of her twin sister, sometimes considered to be simply another aspect of herself.
Mafdet means “she who runs” and is known as ‘the runner”. This relates directly to her swift execution of justice.
The twins Mafdet and Mayet stand together and are each other’s alter-egos.