Sekhmet is usually depicted as a lioness or a woman with the head of a lioness. Her name comes from the ancient Egyptian word sekhem, meaning ‘power’ or ‘might’, and means ‘the one who is powerful’. In mythology, she is a savage who wanted to slaughter the human race and drink its blood; however, Ra prevented her from doing so. As a wife of Ptah, she was a part of the Memphis triad along with her son Nefertum. In Ancient Egypt, amulets were worn in necklaces, bracelets, or rings, and placed amongst a mummy’s bandages to ensure the deceased a safe and productive afterlife. Depictions of deities in amulet form also had widespread popularity for many thousands of years in ancient Egypt, as it was a common way of invoking the assistance or protection of a particular god. The nature of this assistance can often be determined by the gods’ particular spheres of influence.
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