Sekhmet is much older than Ra. It is told that she “came to Egypt from a place unknown and a time unrecorded” (Masters) as shown by some of her titles: Lady of the Place at the Beginning of Time, One Who Was Before the Gods Were, Mother of All the Gods. The name Sekhmet comes from Sekhem,which means strong, mighty, powerful, and violent. She is a solar goddess, directly related to the creative and destructive powers of the sun. Illustration by DARLENE.