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SEKMET was the name of an Egyptian goddess of the sun and fire. She was portrayed with a lions head. SEKMET is very old deity, predating even OSIRIS and ISIS. This is based on the association of SEKMET with the lion, one of the oldest images of female divinity as is evident in the Catal Huyuk finds.
The Anatolian archaeological site of Catal Huyuk features the statue of a Goddess flanked by lionesses. The Phyrgian Mother Goddess Cybele is also associated with lions while the Chinese Goddess of Mercy is also often portrayed riding a lion.
NONACRIS SEKMET represents STRENGTH with its lion heads, while the Egyptian association is implied in the reed-like motif.