Archaeologists uncover ancient Egyptian temple to discover dozens of lion headed war goddesses ‘warding off evil’

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered 66 statues of an Egyptian war goddess believed to have been warding off evil from Amenhotep III’s temple.

Amenhotep III’s reign, believed to have been between 1386 to 1349 BC, is regarded as the peak of Egypt’s prosperity, power and splendor.

German archaeologists uncovered dozens of statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet in King Amenhotep II’s temple.

German scientists were surprised to discover the statues of goddess Sekhmet, along with during a restoration project in Luxor, the site of the ancient city of Thebes.

They discovered the statues while hunting for a temple wall separating two sites.

Sekhmet, often called “the powerful one” is the daughter of Egyptian sun god Ra and was believed to ward off evil and ill health.

Her influence was so great on the Egyptians that when the first pharaoh of the twelfth dynasty, Amenemhat I, moved the capital of Egypt to Itjtawy, her spiritual centre followed.

Some of the statues depict her standing and holding the symbol of life – a sceptre made of papyrus.

Archaeologists uncover a statue of Amenhotep III in Luxor, Egypt.
According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the Egyptian-German archaeological mission working on the temple of King Amenhotep III in Luxor, led by German Egyptologist Hourig Sourouzian has unearthed 66 statues and fragments of statues for Sekhmet, a warrior goddess as well as goddess of healing to the Ancient Egyptians.
Goddess Sekhmet
Researchers with a German archaeological mission in Egypt discovered 66 well-preserved statues of Sekhmet and one of King Amenhotep III near Luxor, the site of the ancient city Thebes.
An illustration of Sekhmet, the goddess with a lion’s head.
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