How Arthur Harrow’s Scales Tattoo Works in ‘Moon Knight’?

What Is the Meaning of the Scales Tattoo in Moon Knight

Like Marc Spector, the villain of Moon Knight is closely linked to Egyptian gods, with Ethan Hawke’s Arthur Harrow wielding god-like power from Ammit. On his arm, Arthur Harrow has a tattoo of scales that signify Ammit’s judgement, similar to the balances of justice carried by both Lady Justice and the Greek goddess Dike.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s trend toward a darker tone continues with ‘Moon Knight.’ Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) is a mild-mannered museum employee residing in London in the episode.

He initially appears to have a sleeping issue, and he always sleeps with one of his feet bound, fearing that if he doesn’t, he won’t be in his bed the next day. He wakes up in an unknown location one day and runs into Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), a mysterious cult leader.

Everyone in Arthur’s group appears to have a scale tattoo on their arms. Everything you need to know about it is right here.

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How Arthur Harrow's Powers Work In Moon Knight

What Does the Arthur Harrow’s Tattoo of Scales Mean?

Arthur is the leader of a cult dedicated to Ammit. Ammit is both a monster and a deity in ancient Egyptian religion. Her forequarters resemble those of a lion, her hindquarters those of a hippopotamus, and her head those of a crocodile in traditional portrayals. Anubis, the Egyptian god of death, is linked to her.

The scales we see on Arthur’s and his people’s arms are most likely the Scales of Justice. Anubis lays the dead’s heart on one side of the scales, weighing it against the feather of Ma’at, the goddess of truth, as they arrive in Duat, the Egyptian underworld.

If the heart is lighter than the feather, the dead can continue their trip to Aaru, the heavenly kingdom governed by Osiris, in the Fields of Reeds. Ammit devours the heart that is heavier, and the soul of the deceased remains eternally restless.

Ammit is also called as the “Devourer of the Dead,” “Great of Death,” and “Eater of Hearts” because of this.

The character’s portrayal in Marvel Comics is more or less accurate to the mythology. However, in its adaption, the MCU appears to have made several alterations to Ammit’s backstory. She appears to be playing the part of Anubis in mythology.

Ammit was apparently imprisoned by her other gods and even betrayed by her avatar, according to Arthur’s account to Steven. The show’s creators appear to be recasting Ammit as a powerful, megalomaniac deity who punishes anybody she regards as a bad guy.

Steve argues that Ammit has the ability to see both the past and the future. And that he evaluates people not just for their previous deeds, but also for what they will do later in life.

Arthur appears to be a conduit for her power. Unlike in mythology, where a person must die before being judged, Arthur judges his followers through his tattoo. And they are zealous enough to willingly put themselves through it, despite the fact that they stand a good probability of dying.

On Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar, you may watch the first episode of “Moon Knight.”

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