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Egypt: The Gods of Ancient Egypt - Sekhmet (sakhmet, sekhet)


Sekhmet

 

 


Patron of: divine retribution, vengeance, and conquest.

 

Appearance: a woman with the head of a lioness.

 

Description: Sekhmet means "The Mighty One," and she was one of the most powerful of the gods and goddesses. She was the goddess who meted out divine punishment to the enemies of the gods and of the pharaoh. In this capacity she was called the "Eye of Ra." She also accompanied the pharaoh into battle, launching fiery arrows into battle ahead of him. Sekhmet could also send plagues and disease against her enemies, but was sometimes invoked to avoid plague and cure disease.

 

Sekhmet's capacity for destruction is well-documented. In one story, Ra sends her to punish those mortals who have forgotten him and she ends up nearly destroying the entire human race. Only the cleverness of Ra stops her rampage before it consumes every living thing.

 

Worship: Worshipped as part of a triad made up of herself, her husband Ptah and their eldest child Nefertem, her cult center was at Memphis.

 

See also:

 

Sekhmet, Powerful One, Sun Goddess, Destructor

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