Proud Lion

Proud Lion

In Kemet (ancient Egypt), the lion has been the symbol of Goddesses (Sekhmet and Bastet) and Gods (Maahes or Mahes).

It represents strength and fierceness. The lion is the king of the animals, but he's also the animal of the kings of Kemet and he's connected, in particular, to the goddesses, many of whom are depicted with lion faces.

The oldest hunting records are taken from carved depictions detailing the hunting prowess of King Amenhotep III (1390 to 1353 BCE). Early representations of lions come from Kemet. Lions usually lived on the edges of the desert, so they became known as the guardians where the sun rose and set.

As the lion became associated with the sun, most of these gods have connections with Ra, the Sun god.

Bastet (or Bast) is often depicted with the head of a lion as a symbol of her royal prowess. She was connected with joy, music, dancing and fertility.

Maahes was the lion god of war and protection. In death he protected the innocent but condemned the guilty.

As Sekhmet, the goddess of war, love and protection, the consort of Ptah was sometimes called the Lady of the Place of the Beginning of Time. Her name means "powerful one." Lions were bred in temples dedicated to the gods, typically enjoying their own areas in which to roam.

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