The Powerful One, Sekhmet, is a lion-headed warrior goddess whose breath created the desert. Sometimes seen as an aspect of Hathor, the cow-headed fertility goddess, Sekhmet’s name means power, strength.
When he got disgusted with the slack ways of humanity, Ra sends Sekhmet as the Eye of Ra to destroy those who were not living in balance. Although he called an end to her destruction, Sekhmet’s blood-lust was not quelled at the end of battle, which led to her destroying almost all of humanity. Ra poured out seven thousand barrels of beer dyed red with pomegranate juice to resemble blood. Mistaking the beer for blood, the goddess became so drunk that she gave up the slaughter and returned peacefully, making her by far the first and most fearful party animal.
In addition to her fierceness (she was literally called the “holy terror”), she had magical healing powers, and was the patroness of physicians and healers as “the lady of life.” She is mentioned as both a creative and destructive force in the Book of the Dead. She was also the protector of Ma’at, the goddess and concept of balance and justice, she who weighed the soul of a dead person against her feather.