Ancient Egyptian Mythology

The Gods of Ancient Egypt...

SEKHMET

Egyptian War Goddess

Also known as Sachmet, SAKHMET, SEKHET, SHESMETET

Picture of the Egyptian War Goddess Sekhmet from our Egyptian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Lion-headed Goddess of War and Vengeance

She’s the consort of Ptah and highly important. With her lion head she is used to being lionized, and can be very fierce if she’s upset. Which she usually is.

As a War Goddess she has a special super-weapon: she can breathe fire to destroy her enemies. Her intense breath is also what causes the scorching hot desert wind. We wonder what she has been eating.

Always a controversial Goddess, she finally came clean in a recent Godchecker interview:

“The destruction of mankind? Okay, I admit it. I did it and not Hathor. So I’m Ra’s daughter and I am the Eye of the Sun. Hathor thinks she is too, and we both wear sun discs to prove it. We get on fine, and hey, we both think the world of Ra. We don’t like to see people mocking.

“Yes, I know have the head of a lion and claws and I can flare up at times. I don’t know what gets into me. Normally I’m Mrs Nice and Cuddly. Ask my hubby Ptah. Never a cross word.

“I do healing as well you know. It’s not all searing flames of destruction. Anyway, I’ve got to go now. The cobra needs venomizing.”

Sekhmet Facts and Figures

Name: Sekhmet
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Sachmet, SAKHMET, SEKHET, SHESMETET

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: War
Area of expertise: War

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 425

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Article last revised on November 11, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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