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When The Lion Roars, by Galina Krasskova (ed.)

A Devotional to the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet

Reviewed by Wolfen Moodaughter

When the Lion Roars is a collection of essays, prayers and invocations, and ritual suggestions, all written in celebration of the lion-headed Egyptian Goddess who is also known as the Eye of Re. She is a warrior who is both death-dealer and, to a lesser-known extent, life-giver.

Sekhmet made Herself known to me several years ago, and we’ve had a complicated relationship since, to say the least. So when Rebecca told me this book she was participating in, I was eager to see the finished work. My efforts to learn more about Sekhmet’s history and nature have proven less than fruitful: what few sources I have located which had more than a vague, cursory paragraph or two have also offered largely contradictory information. Which is not to say that this book will rectify those contradictions, per se — my guess is that even in the days of Egypt, stories differed because we have always taken what we need from myth and legend, changing them to suit our needs. In any case, I was happy to find material here (most notably in Edward Butler’s essay) which I have never encountered before.

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