Behind my Name
Inspired by my recent quick conversation with bookwithbane I thought I might give a little bit of background about Sekhmet – my favourite goddess.
She is the warrior goddess of ancient Egypt, a fire-breathing, lioness-headed lady. She was a daughter of Re (the all mighty sun god), and the winds of the desert were rumoured to be her breath. Her colour was red, and she came from lower Egypt. Sekhmet appeared in prayers and spells for the dying, as she was associated with healing. I wrote an essay last year on ancient Egyptian medicine, and I discovered that many spells appealed to gods and goddesses for their divine help. That was where I first discovered her, and I have rather liked her since she was feared and respected, as well as a motherly figure.
I got most of this information from a book called The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, which is a really cool book I recommend checking out if you’re interested in ancient Egyptian mythology, though it is quite densely packed with information and, I think, best read in little tidbits.
The cover image is of a statue of her which I found in the aforementioned book.