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Gods & Goddesses


Statue of Sekhmet<< Statue of Sekhmet (E2049). From Thebes, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III (1390-1353 B.C.).

Often shown with the head of a lioness, the goddess Sekhmet was a very powerful deity. Her name means "the Mighty One" and, like Neith, she was a goddess of war. She could accompany the king into battle and one of her weapons was her fiery breath, which created the hot desert wind. She also had close associations with the fire-spitting uraeus that is shown on the brow of the king, and she was known as the "Eye of Re." Despite her fearsome nature, Sekhmet was also worshipped as a protective goddess who could cure illnesses and keep away plagues.


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