Sekhmet-Now There’s A Goddess for You

by Hermes The Cat on 1 February, 2010

in Counter-Cat Diary

From Wiki (also used by web-wise cats): “Also spelled Sachmet, Sakhet, Sekmet, Sakhmet and Sekhet; and given the Greek name, Sacmis), was originally the warrior goddess of Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath created the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare.

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 centre for her cult was moved as well. Religion, the royal lineage, and the authority to govern were intrinsically interwoven in Ancient Egypt during its approximately three thousand years of existence. 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.”

Of course, it’s possible that Brigit, St Brigit and all the Great Brigits (for I avow She is a formidable Being), always had fabulous felines at Her Side.

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Penn Kemp February 1, 2010 at 16:31

Sekhmet’s statues are still the most powerfully alive for me, throughout Egypt… She is like Kali in that behind the bloodlust of destructive appearances, there is ineffable peace. I dedicated a book to her, as Inspiritrice: THROO.

Jan Billings February 1, 2010 at 17:01

let’s leave some magical footprints like these in the Egyptian sands of time soon!

Carley Ulbrich June 17, 2011 at 08:03

Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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