posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 04:18 PM
reply to post by AthlonSavage
I have to disagree with the connection that simply because the myth has her drinking the 'excess of blood' that she created after she went on a
ballistic rampage (not to drink blood, but to soothe the wrath of Ra as an arbiter of Divine Justice) that she is 'vampiric'.
Sekhmet did not
drink blood to survive or as a food-source. In fact, she was the goddess of war, retribution, and drunken/drugged revelry (as
she was made to drink until drunk to stop her initial slaughter that caused the land to be covered with blood).
Her breath was fire-air, hot and scorching, which they associated with the desert winds and thus the desert itself. Again, not a vampiric trait.
Lion, the king of beasts, regal, apex hunter: Those are the traits associated with her as having the head of a lioness. The apex hunter, the ultimate
warrior of the gods, used for divine retribution, and sated at many yearly festivals where tens of thousands attended.
In 2006, Betsy Bryan, an archaeologist with Johns Hopkins University excavating at the temple of Mut presented her findings about the festival
that included illustrations of the priestesses being served to excess and its adverse effects being ministered to by temple attendants.
Participation in the festival was great, including the priestesses and the population. Historical records of tens of thousands attending the festival
Her role was also that of a healer, should the mood strike her.
Sekhmet was represented by the searing heat of the mid-day sun (in this aspect she was sometimes called "Nesert", the flame) and was a
terrifying goddess. However, for her friends she could avert plague and cure disease. She was the patron of Physicians, and Healers and her priests
became known as skilled doctors. As a result, the fearsome deity sometimes called the "lady of terror" was also known as "lady of life". Sekhmet
was mentioned a number of times in the spells of The Book of the Dead as both a creative and destructive force, but above all, she is the protector of
Ma'at (balance or justice) named "The One Who Loves Ma'at and Who Detests Evil".
So, while there may be the most
tenuous connection between the blood she spilled and vampirism, that is literally as far as any connection
would go. India, on the other hand, also has a rich and ancient history.. and a much more feasible correspondence to the origins [perhaps] of the
India does indeed play a large part in vampire history. Some scholars believe that vampire mythology actually began in India and spread
throughout Eastern Europe to Greece and back along the spice and silk trails. It's hard to know if this is true or not, but what we know for sure is
that as European, Indian, and other Asian cultures began to interact more, their stories got shared between the cultures and began to influence one