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Myth Meme: Deities (1/9)

Egyptian Mythology: Sekhmet.

Ra, the old king of the Gods, became angry with wayward humankind and in his wrath ripped out his own eye and threw it at mankind. This divine eye became the goddess Sekhmet, who in the form of a lioness set about slaughtering humans, butchering them and drinking their blood. Ra, seeing this, realized that with her rage and blood thirst, no humans would survive her wrath and so he tried to calm her. But she refused to listen, finding too much joy in killing. So Ra then filled a lake with a mixture of beer and pomegranate juice, and Sekhmet, thinking it blood, drank the whole thing and fell asleep. 

- Book of the Heavenly Cow. 

Her name reflects her function and means, the (one who is) powerful. She also was given titles such as the (One) Before Whom Evil Trembles, the Mistress of Dread, and the Lady of Slaughter.

Sekhmet was believed to protect the pharaoh in battle, stalking the land, and destroying the pharaoh’s enemies with arrows of fire. An early Egyptian sun deity also, her body was said to take on the bright glare of the midday sun, gaining her the title Lady of Flame. It was said that death and destruction were balm for her warrior’s heart and that the hot desert winds were believed to be her breath.

i. My sweetest friend

They were pressed nose to nose
In the dark. Two halves of one soul.
She leaned over and whispered
Her secrets between his lips.

“I was loved by a God today.
He came into his temple,
And took me.
Wreathed me in his laurels,
His lips tasted like the sun.
Helenus, Helenus,
I am in love.”

ii. What have I become?

She cried softly into the hollow
Of his throat. His fingers brushed her
Cheeks, and he whispered his
Comfort into her ear.

“My dearest sister,
You were loved by a God,
And the gift he has given you,
Has been used against you.
How I would kill him for hurting you?
Cassandra, Cassandra,
Teach me, and I will be your tongue,
I will be the truth.”

iii. Everyone I know goes away, in the end

Their fingertips brushed together,
Troy was burning, the city a funeral pyre,
And they knew they would never see
Each other again.

“Helenus, Helenus,
My brother, twin, half of me,
Will you live? Will you live?
I cannot see you in my vision,
I am scared.
If I die, let me die, so that I
May see you again.
Brother, I love you!”

“Cassandra, Cassandra,
My sister, twin, half of me,
Will you die? Will you die?
I cannot feel you in the dark,
I am scared.
If you go, let me follow, so that I
May be with you always.
Sister, I love you!”

—  Hurt by Johnny Cash, a Song for Cassandra and Helenus [a.m.b]