Her breath created the desert, her rage nearly destroyed mankind. She is the bringer and curer of diseases, created from the very eye of Ra himself to avenge him. She is the warrior goddess of Upper Egypt, protector of the pharaohs and a matron goddess of women.
Her name is derived from the word Sekhem, which means might.
Sekmet is also called Sakhmet, Sekmet, Sachmet, and Sekhet. The power of her story is universal, and the wrath of Ra is personified through her. This violent rage of hers was reported to cause the near-extinction of the entire human race.. find out how below.
In the Egyptian myths, Sekhmet was born when Ra cast his eye down upon the earth. She took on aspects of the Sun God, her head forming into the fearsome lion's head as a representation of power and nobility. It is said that her viciousness and ruthlessness were so complete that she nearly killed the human race to extinction. Ra, feeling remorse over the loss of his people, had a change of heart and tried to stop Sekhmet in her war path. She turned on him, her Father-Creator, and professed that the death of those who spurned and opposed him filled her heart with joy.
To stop her, Ra ordered a massive amount of alcohol to be gathered. In some versions of the myth, beer is used, in others it is date wine. To this, depending on the telling of the myth, pomegranate, mandrake, or ochre is added to the alcohol to give it the appearance of blood. This is dumped into the Nile, and the red color of the alcohol, so much like blood, tempted Sekhmet so that she drank the entire river, causing her to black out and fall unconscious from intoxication. It is only this that stopped her rampage over the people of Egypt, and saved Ra's followers from sure and total annihilation.
Sekhmet is represented in hieroglyphics as a beautifully shaped woman with the head of a female lion. On her head is the Sun Disc topped wreathed in a viper. She is closely aligned with Bast, the cat Goddess, and together these two Goddesses watch over the west and east. Some depictions of her show her carrying a scepter made of papyrus, the symbolism there suggesting her role and importance in northern Egypt - Lower Egypt - while there are also correlations made between Sudan and Sekhmet based on natural lions and their power there.
Devotions to Sekhmet included twice daily worship at any of the 700 statues which were erected in her honor, offerings made of meat and milk, and jars of wine left at the feet of her statues to placate her vengeful spirit.
Nate on February 07, 2013:
rae on May 15, 2012:
this is SO good!!
I'm using the info from it for a school project and put it in my own words.
thank you for writting it.
Kalee on February 04, 2012:
Good job gamergirl. I ma doing a report and i will give this page credit
Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on September 22, 2011:
Nikki - Sekhmet is a deity, and I have not ever read a story of her death/burial. If you find one, please email it to me.
NIKKI on September 18, 2011:
Does anyone know how Sekhmet died and where she was buried? My son is doing a school project on her and we can not seem to find this information?
wiccanmania on August 04, 2010:
i think sekhmet is amazing!!
Pagan Crafter from Over the Rainbow on July 09, 2008:
As vengeful as Sekhmet can be, She can also be very healing in Her own way; it is Her fire that cleanses and heals. Very nicely-written hub--kudos to you!
Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on March 08, 2008:
Thanks Bonnie! My mother loves Sekhmet. Women's empowerment and all. :)
Bonnie Ramsey from United States on March 08, 2008:
WOW! Gamer, this is very interesting and well written! It is a fascinating hub!