Sekhmet statues

6 Dec 2017

At ... the Chinese Liangzhu culture (Neolithic) created dams and levees as part of a vast hydraulic engineering exercise 5000 years ago at the Yangtze river delta. The Liangzhu people lived in houses on stilts along the river and its different channels. Chronologically Liangzhu was contemporary the pyramid builders in Egypt and the Stonehenge builders in Britain, dated between 3300 and 2300BC. The areas was attractive as they were growing rice in paddy fields ...

                         .... they were also fond of jade and created many objects out of the green stone. Ditches, canals, and moats were constructed over a distance of 18 miles.

At ... some 27 statues (in fragments) have been found at Luxor in Egypt - representations of the fierce goddess Sekhmet, Lady of War. Sekhmet was perceived as the body of a woman and the head of a lioness. In order to placate her priestesses performed a ritual before a different statue every day of the year. It is thought 700 statues of Sekhmet were erected at the temple of Amenophis III, on the west bank of the Nile. To further pacify her festivals were celebrated at the end of battles in order for the destruction to come to an end.