In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was a lioness-goddess, worshiped in Memphis as the wife of Ptah; created by Ra from the fire of his eyes as a creature of vengeance to punish mankind for his sins; later, became a peaceful protectress of the righteous. She was worshiped with Bast and Ra as a compound deity, Sekhmet-bast-ra, and was considered the consort of Ptah-seker-ausar.

SEE ALSO Bastet, Ptah, Ra, Seker.

[Source: Shawn C. Knight, "Egyptian Mythology FAQ" ]