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Sekhmet
Sejmet
Cult Center: Memphis and Leontopolis
Deity of: War and Bloodlust
Consort: Ptah
Sibling: Hathor, Bast, Selket, Shu, and Tefnut
Symbol: Red linen
Parents: Ra
Offspring: Maahes
Sekhmet is Egyptian Goddess of War and Vengeance. She also can control when a plage comes and leaves, and can heal those who are ill. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare.

Sekhmet also is a solar deity, often considered an aspect of the goddesses Hathor and Bast. She bears the solar disk and the Uraeus which associates her with Wadjet and royalty. With these associations she can be construed as being a divine arbiter of Ma'at (Justice, or Order), The Eye of Horus, and connecting her with Tefnut as well. Her name suits her function and means, the (one who is) powerful. She also was given titles such as the (One) Before Whom Evil Trembles, the Mistress of Dread, and the Lady of Slaughter.

Sekhmet earned these names through a popular Egyptian legend. Here's how the story goes...

Ra was becoming older and weaker, and could not fully control humankind. He didn't know how to reel them back into his power, so he went to the other gods for advice. When he asked, the replied, "Send your eye out on the men who have been disloyal to you, Great King. That will show them you still have control."

So Ra sent out his eye, springing out into the world as Sekhmet. She seeked out those who had been unfaithful to Ra, and slaughtered them. She was very good at her work; killing enemies with arrows of fire, and counterattacking any blow that came her way. She truly was an amazing, beautigul, fearful sight.

One day, after a killing, Sekhmet becmae very thristy and sampled some of the blood of the man she had slaughtered. Finding a strange liking to the taste, she drank more and more and more untill every drop of the man's blood was gone. But this taste of human blood had become something she wanted badly. She tried to fight it, but it was like an addictive drug; she needed more. So, across all of Egypt, she set out killing every man, woman and child she saw.

Now, Ra saw what had happened to the goddess he created. Again he came to the other gods and goddesses, and together, they made a plan. Ra ordered a women in a brewery to brew 10,000 jars of beer. Ra then colored it red, and spilled it all across the land where Sekhmet was planning her next attack. Thinking it was the blood of those she already killed, the bloodthirsty goddess drank it all up, and became so drunk she fell asleep.

When she finally woke up, she was no longer the flaming Sekhmet, but the goddess Hathor, who ruled over music, love, and not suprisingly, drunkness.

After the incedent with the beer, Sekhmet protected the pharaoah, and led Egypt into battle.

Horus and Ra had been identified as one another under the name Ra-Horakhty (with many variant spellings)—when the two religious systems were merged and Ra became seen as a form of Atum, known as Atum-Ra—so Sekhmet, as a form of Hathor, was seen as Atum's mother as Hathor had been the mother of the sun, giving birth anew to it every day. She then was seen as the mother of Nefertum, the youthful form of Atum who emerged in later myths, and so was said to have Ptah, Nefertum's father, as a husband when most of the goddesses acquired counterparts as paired deities. Sekhmet likes eating children and sun baithing. she also like asian food!

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