Sekhmet is a woman of many talents. She's the big bad lioness of the sun. She can cause disease as well as cure it. Oh, and she can destroy evil at Ra's command and then go home to celebrate with red beer.
Sekhmet came into being like an ancient Egyptian Hulk. See, Hathor got angry because people were picking on her dad, Ra, and she turned into Sekhmet. Now, whenever Hathor's angry, Sekhmet bares her teeth.
The Powerful One, Goddess of the Blood Red Garment, Mistress of Plagues, She-Ra
Goddess of plagues, doctors, war, and breaking stuff (but only if Ra says I can)
Memphis Medical School (I am a surgeon, you know)
My dad is in charge. Understand?
My father Ra is my world
Hathor (she's actually me when I'm not angry, but it's complicated)
Horus the Elder, Isis, Thoth
Bad people. Traitors. Germs.
Married to Ptah
Men (especially when I get to kill them if they're bad)
"The sword of justice has no scabbard."
Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe (I actually have seven arrows, against all seven possible illnesses or dangers. And I'm not afraid to use any of them.)
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke (Yeah. I'm coming, and I'm going to change everything.)
The Avengers (I can't tell who I love more: Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, or Nick Fury….can I just like them all?)
It's hard to miss Sekhmet because, well, she's a lion. And even when she's human, she has a lion's head. Be careful, though. You might want to cuddle this nice little feline, but she's fierce. If you want to keep your limbs, you should probably keep your distance.
Build: Attractive woman with a lioness's head (human form); lioness (cat form)
Complexion: Light gold skin (or fur)
Hair Color: Black or red or gold (human form), golden hair (lioness/cat form)
Facial Hair: Lion's hair in either form
Scars/marks/tattoos: None. She fights a lot, but nobody ever gets close enough to hit her.
Jewelry and accessories: A necklace and bracelets, Ra's crown (a sun-disk with a cobra), a scepter in the shape of the hieroglyph for "power" (which is pronounced "sekhem," and the first sound in her name)
Clothing: A bright red dress
Type of Weapon: In human form, sometimes she carries a khopesh (a long, curved sword). As a lioness, her weapons are her teeth and claws.
Sekhmet's kind of a loner, unless you count the beer jars.
In the sunlight (especially on a really hot day)
The beer tent
Jan 1, 1970
Way back before Egypt became a country, a king named Narmer, "the striking catfish," built a town. He called it Ineb-hedj or "White Walls," and later Mennefer or "Enduring and Beautiful." The middle of the city had a huge temple, Hut-ka-Ptah, for Ptah and Sekhmet and their son Nefertem. Hut-ka-Ptah's name was spelled Aigiptos by the Greeks, and is why we call Egypt by that name today.
Jan 1, 1970
Mut was a lioness goddess who merged with Sekhmet during the New Kingdom. And so Sekhmet's festivals, including the very popular "Drunkenness of Sekhmet" feast, were also celebrated at Mut's temple in Karnak. During Hatshepsut's reign, a "porch of drunkenness" was added to Sekhmet-Mut's temple at Karnak so party-goers could celebrate not being eaten by Sekhmet in style, with as much red beer as they could drink.
Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019
Thutmosis started a temple for Ptah and Sekhmet at Karnak, and other kings kept adding to it. It was never as big as Amun-Ra's temple, but there's a life-size, standing statue of Sekhmet inside the southern chapel. Modern temple guards say that she comes to life at night and prowls the ruins looking for thieves.
Jan 1, 1970
Pharaoh Amunhotep liked Sekhmet. He also liked her power to scare away disease. To drive a plague out of Egypt, he ordered a series of giant Sekhmet statues to be installed all along the paths of Karnak temple, one for every day of the year and then some. In all, almost 600 have been found so far. (Maybe they needed a second year's worth?) These statues are now located in Egypt and in other museums and private collections worldwide.
Dec 20, 2019
One of the beds in King Tut's tomb has lions on each side. They're made from gilded wood and glass and are as pretty as Sekhmet. Makes sense, since they are images of her.
Ramses II (or Userma'atra, whose name is spelled "Ozymandias" in Shelley's poem) built many monuments at Memphis, including giant colossal statues of himself and temples to Ptah and Sekhmet. Some of them still exist. Ramses liked to put his name on things he didn't build, but at least he didn't carve over Sekhmet's name. She liked that well enough; Ramses II's titles include "Beloved of Sekhmet."
Dec 20, 1993
Genevieve Vaughn built a temple to the goddess Sekhmet not in the Egyptian desert, but in the Nevada desert, near old nuclear testing sites. It is still open today.
Dec 20, 2019
Once upon a time, Ra told Sekhmet to kill evil humans. She got a little carried away, and Ra had to trick her to make her stop. We all know this story, but it'd be great as a graphic novel. Stephanie Thornton thinks so, too.