Sekhmet Lioness Headed Goddess  

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ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST IMPORTANT DIVINITIES OF THE EGYPTIAN PANTHEON IS THE LIONESS-HEADED "GODDESS", "SEKHMET". IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT SHE WAS ALL OPPOSITES, SUCH AS DARKNESS AND LIGHT, HEAPED INTO ONE. EVERYTHING WAS A PART OF THIS ANCIENT GODDESS. SHE REPRESENTS THE POWER BETWEEN DESTRUCTION AND RENEWAL. SEKHMET, A GODDESS OF WAR, JUSTICE, DESTRUCTION AND HEALING, WAS CALLED THE "POWERFUL ONE", A NAME THAT FIT THE DESTRUCTIVE SIDE OF HER. SHE WEARS THE SOLAR SERPENT, THE SYMBOL OF REGENERATION OVER HER BROW.

SHE WAS KNOWN AS THE "EYE OF RA" AND THOUGHT TO BE BOTH THE DESTRUCTIVE ASPECT OF THE SUN AND THE PROTECTRESS OF THE SUN. SHE WAS A FEROCIOUS DEITY WHO BREATHED FIRE ON HER ENEMIES. ACCORDING TO" THE BOOK OF THE DIVINE COW", SHE ONCE BECAME SO DISGUSTED WITH HUMANITY THAT SHE DECIDED TO SLAUGHTER THE RACE. HER FURY TERRIFIED THE "GODS", WHO DEPUTIZED "RA" TO CALM HER DOWN, AND APPARENTLY HER POWER WAS GREAT ENOUGH NOT ONLY TO ASSIST "OSIRIS" BUT ALSO AT TIMES TO DOMINATE EVEN HIM, AND ACCORDING TO THE "BOOK OF THE DEAD," AT THE TIMES OF STORMS AND GREAT FLOODS SHE HAD POWER EVEN OVER THE GREAT GOD OF THE "UNDERWORLD."

The divine trinity worshipped at Memphis included "Sekhmet", her husband "Ptah", the "god" of arts and crafts, and Her son, "Nefertum", the healing god of flowers and perfume. Sekhmet was feared, but also was held in high esteem.

In the dark night I heard a purring,

Near me something was stirring.

"A VOICE, DEEP-THROATED, SPOKE:"
"I LITTER ARMIES FOR ALL EASTS AND WESTS"AND NORTHS AND SOUTHS:"THEY SUCKLE MY GIRL-GODDESS BREASTS,"AND MY FIERCE MILK DRIPS FROM THEIR MOUTHS."

"THE VOICE SANG:"
"I DO NOT KILL! I, SEKHMET THE LION-HEADED, "BUT BETWEEN MY SOFT HANDS THEY DIE."

"I ASKED:"
O Sekhmet, Lion-headed one,
How long shall warring be?

"AND SEKHMET DEIGNED TO MAKE REPLY:"
"ETERNALLY!"
"BOLD IN MY FAITH I GREW":

Dread goddess-cat, you lie!
Warring shall cease!
My God of love is greater far
Than you!

"HOW GENTLE WAS THE VOICE OF SEKHMET THEN: "
"HE OF THE STAR? "He Whom they called the Prince of Peace-
And slew? "AND SLEW AGAINAND YET AGAIN? "AH YES!SHE SAID. "
"AND ALL ABOUT MY BED"THE NIGHT GREW LAUGHING-RED:"SEKHMET I DID NOT SEE,"
"BUT IN THAT BLEEDING DUSK I HEARD"THAT SEKHMET PURRED."



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