Sekhmet was mentioned a number of times in the spells of The Book of the Dead as both a creative and destructive force, but above all, she is the protector of Maat (balance or justice) named “The One Who Loves Ma’at and Who Detests Evil”. Her cult was so dominant in the culture that when the first pharaoh of the twelfth dynasty, Amenemhat I, moved the capital of Egypt to Itjtawy, the center for her cult was moved as well. She commonly takes the form of a lioness with a sun floating above her head (to symbolize Ra) when on a rampage. She had the head of a lioness and the body of a woman. Many historians argue that she was from Sudan, since lions were plentiful there. When Ra looked down upon the Earth, he was horrified upon seeing the carnage Sekhmet had caused and ordered her to stop and cease her rampage. Sekhmet is later mentioned by Bes as having escaped from her prison briefly in 1918 and causing the Spanish Flu pandemic while free. This page was last changed on 16 June 2019, at 10:39. She was also known as the “Lady of Pestilence” and the “Red Lady” (indicating her alignment with the desert) and it was thought that she could send plagues against those who angered her. Her alternate form is Hathor, the goddess of beauty and joy. Sekhmet is an ancient Egyptian Goddess of war and destruction, plagues and healing. Sekhmet had an unusual form of worship. She was often described as the mother of Maahes, the lion god who was a patron of the pharaoh and the pyramid texts (from dynasty five) suggest that the Pharaoh was conceived by Sekhmet. She was often closely associated with Hathor (the goddess of joy, music, dance, sexual love, pregnancy and birth). However, Ra was not a cruel deity, and the sight of the carnage caused him to repent. The fields ran with human blood. Your choices will not impact your visit. A well-known prayer was called "The Last Day of the Year," and it was chanted while wearing a piece of cloth around one's head. The last day of the year was considered to be a dangerous period for the people, because Sekhmet usually attacked then. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. She did as instructed and began a horrible slaughter, killing almost everything in her sight. Eye of Ra Destroyer of the Wicked The Great Huntress Lady of Flame Goddess of War, Destruction, Plagues, Vengeance and Famine Goddess of Healing When the centre of power shifted from Memphis to Thebes during the New Kingdom the Theban Triad (Amun, Mut, and Khonsu), Sekhmet’s attributes were absorbed into that of Mut (who sometimes took the form of a lion). In certain Egyptian hieroglyphs and carvings, she can be seen having pure Lion features. She was married to Ptah, the god of healing. Michel Desjardins summoned Sekhmet and released from her imprisonment to kill Sadie Kane, Carter Kane, Amos Kane, and Zia Rashid. She is the daughter of Ra and the original Eye of Ra, before the role was later assumed by Bast. Amenhotep III (father of Akhenaten, Dynasty Eighteen) built hundreds of statues of Sekhmet in the precinct of Mut’s temple (known as “Isheru”) south of the Great Temple of Amun in Karnak. Sekhmet was closely associated with Kingship. A statue of Sekhmet was dressed in red facing west, while Bast was dressed in green and faced east. Full name Behind the scenes When she awoke, her blood lust had dissipated, and humanity was saved. The ancient Egyptians believed that the "Seven Arrows of Sekhmet" would bring bad luck, so they used many charms and spells to protect themselves. Sekhmet's breath represented a hot desert wind, and her body was the glare of the midday sun. Over the centuries, however, he became old and senile. In one myth, Sekhmet terrorized the country of Egypt, crazy and thirsty for blood. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. Her husband, Ptah, and her son, Nefertem were closely worshipped. She was usually depicted with a sun disc on top of her head. She was bloodthirsty, out of control, and the Egyptians thought she represented natural disasters. Many historians argue that she was from Sudan, since lions were plentiful there.When she was seated, she usually held the ankh of life, but when she was standing, she held a papyrus scepter, the symbol of Lower Egypt. Sekhmet became the destructive eye of the sun, and a solar goddess, and was named “Eye of Ra.” The ancient Egyptians knew that the sun could bring life, (Hathor), but also death. According to Jaz, they are plague spirits created by the goddess and by channeling her power, Jaz is able to cast a spell to banish them back to the Duat, curing all of their victims. A temple was constructed by Amenemhet II to Sekhmet-Hathor at Kom el Hisn (Imau in the western Delta) in which she and Hathor are referred to as the “Mistress of Imau”. According to myth, Ra became angry because mankind was not following his laws and preserving Maat (justice or balance). Physical appearance. Sometimes known as sister to Bastet/Bast, a goddess who protected pregnant women and children. She was usually depicted with a sun disc on top of her head. Affiliation She was worshipped evenly with her husband, Ptah, and her son, Nefertem. It is necessary to trick her into getting herself drunk, so she will calm down and turn into Hathor. Ra, the sun god, sent many swift-footed messengers to outsmart her. There was a "Book of the Last Day of the Year" which they recited over a piece of cloth and wore around their neck at the end of the year. People were afraid of Sekhmet because along with her healing and protective powers, she was also destructive and retaliating. Sekhmet’s main cult centre was in Memphis (Men Nefer) where she was worshipped as “the destroyer” alongside her consort Ptah (the creator) and Nefertum (the healer). This ancient myth is echoed in the New Kingdom reliefs in the temple of Seti I which depict the Pharaoh being suckled by Hathor whose title is “mistress of the mansion of Sekhmet”. In one version of the myth, Ptah is the first thing she sees on awaking and she instantly fell in love with him. When she was seated, she usually held the ankh of life, but when she was standing, she held a papyrus scepter, the symbol of Lower Egypt. The saving of mankind was commemorated every year on the feast day of Hathor/Sekhmet. Imau was situated near a branch of the Nile that has since shifted eastwards, but in ancient times the town was right on the edge of the desert on the route to the Libyan frontier. Oakes, Lorna, & Gahlin, Lucia. Her name translates as "The Powerful One." Her main cult center was in Memphis. Jaz is studying the Path of Sekhmet as a healer and during the fight in the Brooklyn Museum, she channels Sekhmet's power through her to defeat the seven bau known as the Seven Arrows of Sekhmet. Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Clearly it was hoped that Sekhmet would protect the border. Bast was sometimes considered to be Sekhmet´s counterpart (or twin depending on the legend), and in the festival of Hathor they embodied the duality central to Egyptian mythology. Ra (father) Hathor (alternate form) Bast, Tefnut and Serqet (sisters) Shu, Thoth, Onuris and Khonsu (brothers) Sobek (half-brother) Ptah (brother, husband) Nefertem (son) Geb (nephew) Nut (niece) Isis and Nephthys (great-nieces) Osiris and Set (great-nephews) Horus (former great-nephew, great-great-nephew, brother-in-law) When Amenemhat officially moved the capital of Egypt to Itjtawy, her cult center moved too. She gorged on the “blood” and became so drunk she slept for three days. She was often described as the mother of Maahes, the lion god who was a patron of the pharaoh and the pyramid texts (from dynasty five) suggest that the Pharaoh was conceived by Sekhmet. Goddess Sekhmet used her power destructively and brutally. She became Sekhmet, the “Eye of Ra” and began her rampage. Her alternate form is Hathor, the goddess of beauty and joy. The Red Pyramid The Throne of Fire (mentioned). Sekhmet had the head of a lioness and the body of a woman. The Goddess Sekhmet is the most adored female character in Egypt, her passage through history was essential and her legacy of power, strength and kindness is still in force in the new generations.This story is not about stones, and that … She was created when Hathor came down to earth to take vengeance on man. Their union (creation and destruction) created Nefertum (healing) and so re-established Ma’at. It was said that her breath created the desert. https://riordan.fandom.com/wiki/Sekhmet?oldid=568145, Sekhmet's name is derived from the Egyptian word. As a result, the fearsome deity sometimes called the “lady of terror” was also known as “lady of life”. Sekhmet had the head of a lioness and the body of a woman. He decided to punish mankind by sending an aspect of his daughter, the “Eye of Ra”. Ra becomes angered upon seeing this and sought a way to gain retribution. Sekhmet is the Egyptian goddess of war, destruction, vengeance, healing and plague. She is depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness, sometimes also with the sun disk and uraeus on Her headdress, Who symbolizes the destructive heat of the sun. She is the daughter of Ra and the original Eye of Ra, before the role was later assumed by Bast. At their bases, they emphasize Sekhmet's savagery and brutal myths. However, for her friends she could avert plague and cure disease. The position of "Eye of Ra" was then given to Bast. In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet (also spelled Sachmet, Sakhet, Sekmet, Sakhmet and Sekhet; and given the Greek name, Sachmis), was originally the warrior goddess of Upper Egypt. Sekhmet, believing the mixture to be blood, gorged herself on it and became drunk, passing out soon after. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare. Sekhmet was the Egyptian goddess of war and destruction. Everyone drank beer stained with pomegranate juice and worshipped “the Mistress and lady of the tomb, gracious one, destroyer of rebellion, mighty one of enchantments”. Ancient Egypt. He ordered her to stop, but she was in a blood lust and would not listen. Religion, the royal lineage, and the authority to govern were intrinsically interwoven in Ancient Egypt during its approximately three thousand years of existence. He plucked out his eye, which formed into a terrifying lion-headed goddess. Sekhmet is fierce and unstoppable with a blood lust that blinds her to all else. Sekhmet is the Egyptian goddess of war, destruction, vengeance, healing and plague. But, one Pharaoh in particular seems to have had an obsession with Sekhmet. Sekhmet was closely associated with Kingship. Many priests recited complicated prayers, used to avert the rage of Sekhmet. He plucked Hathor from Ureas on his brow, and sent her to earth in the form of a lion. Sekhmet was represented by the searing heat of the mid-day sun (in this aspect she was sometimes called “Nesert”, the flame) and was a terrifying goddess. She was then recalled into the heavens. They tricked her into transforming into Hathor by feeding her salsa, which Sekhmet thought was blood and drank until she was full. Sekhmet Species Physical description Ramesses II (Seti’s son) adopted her as a symbol of his power in battle. Ra named this new goddess "Sekhmet", and commanded her to go and wreak havoc upon humanity for their failure to uphold Ma'at. Ra She is a member of the Memphite (cult center in Memphis) triad together with […] Desperate to stop Sekhmet, Ra assembled the other gods and together they devised a trick: they took several jars of wine and mixed it with red pomegranate juice (which stained the wine blood red), whereupon they poured the mixture onto Sekhmet's path. In this partnership, she was seen as the harsh aspect of the friendly Hathor. She is sister and wife of Ptah and created by the fire rays of Re’s fierce eyes. Her name means "The Powerful One," and She is linked in some tales with Hathor. She was also given such titles as the "One Before Whom Evil Trembles, the Mistress of Dread," and "the Lady of Slaughter". In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was the goddess of the sun, fire plagues, healing and war.