Sekhmet stood for the destructive power of the sun. She was the goddess of war and disease, but also of medicine. She was the daughter of Ra and had the head of a lioness with a sun disc on top. Her name means 'the Powerful One'.


Sekhmet features in an Egyptian myth. Men rebelled against Ra and he ordered his daughter Hathor to avenge him. Hathor turned into Sekhmet and went out to destroy humanity. Ra became worried that all the human race would die and ordered her to stop. Sekhmet refused because she enjoyed killing so much. Ra tricked her by covering the battlefield with 7,000 jugs of beer stained red. Sekhmet thought it was blood and drank it. She became drunk and gave up her slaughter.