Sekhet is the divinity immanent in marshes or fields, hence her name is frequently translated as the ‘Fen-Goddess’. In inscriptions from the temple of Horus at Edfu Sekhet is hailed as “lady of the catch, mistress of Hbs-birds, who created fish and fowl, who made the Hdw-birds, mother of the gnw-birds, queen of the ro-geese, who cares for the nestlings,” (Edfou II, 163, 11-12) and as “mother of the wild fowl,” (Edfou IV, 199, 9-10). Sekhet is depicted as a naked, nubile young woman with the sign for a field over her head.

Sekhet grants the produce of the marsh; hence in CT spell 571, “To build a mansion among the waters,” it is Sekhet who supplies the netherworld mansion with fowl. CT spell 607 refers to Sekhet as “the flesh of the East-land,” because the place of the sunrise is imagined as marshland, placing her in association with other deities who represent the east as “the assistant of Nemty” and “the guardian of Soped, Lord of the East.” In CT spell 1015, “To become a fowler of the great God who gives water and watches over water,” Sekhet renders assistance to the fowler, although the details are rather obscure. Sekhet is often depicted together with Hapy in temple reliefs, bringing the produce of the fields as offerings to the temple. Hapy and Sekhet are also envisioned as consorts, uniting sexually in the annual inundation. The term sekhet, it should also be noted, is used as much to refer to fertile territories of the netherworld as of the natural world, as evidenced by the ‘Field of Reeds’ (sekhet iaru) at the eastern horizon and the ‘Field of Offerings’ (sekhet hetepu) in the northeastern sky which are frequently mentioned locales in the afterlife literature.

In the text of the myth of Horus Behdety from Edfu, the chorus at one point urges Horus to “Grasp the harpoon which Ptah, the goodly guide, fashioned for Sekhet, which was fashioned in copper for thy mother Isis,” (Blackman and Fairman, p. 10 (Scene II, 66)). Sekhet’s close association with Isis and Horus in this passage probably alludes to the period in which Horus was hidden in the marshes by Isis to protect him from Seth. In the same passage, Isis states “I have made raiment for Sekhet,” perhaps implying her own contribution to the fertility of the  flora and fauna which constitute Sekhet’s “raiment.”

Blackman, A. M. and H. W. Fairman. “The Myth of Horus at Edfu—II.” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 29, 1943.

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One Response to “Sekhet”

  1. DALVA said

    Gostaria de receber mais informações sobre a Deusa Sekhet

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