Sekhmet, the lioness goddess, was the fierce goddess of the Memphite area. Her name means 'She who is powerful'. She was the wife of Ptah, the mother of Nefertum and the daughter of the Sun-god who destroyed his enemies. Sekhmet/Hathor, in the form of a lioness, hurled herself upon the men who had rebelled against Ra. Although she brought plague and pestilence, she was associated with medicine.
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