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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:08 pm    Post subject: Hymns to Sekhmet Reply with quote

Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of any Hymns to Sekhmet?

Some limitations:
- Must have Hieroglyphs and translation.
- Must be Pre-Ptolemaic.
- Must not be from the book of the dead (but any other source is fine e.g. Hymns from the walls of temples).

I find it particularly hard to find this sort of thing on the internet as you run in to all sorts of sites. Is there a good site or database where you can find Hymns to the various Egyptian gods that are also scholarly and well-referenced? I've tried JSTOR and the Oriental Institute but it's hard to find actual Hymns there, mostly it seems to be articles on the myhtology etc.

Any help would be really really appreciated.
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Marco Zecchi : Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico. - [Testi del Vicino Oriente antico 1 - Letteratura egiziana classica 5]. - Brescia : Paideia, 2004. - ISBN : 88-394-0692-1. - 205 p. - [Keywords: hymn; solar, hymn to; Pyramid Texts; Nile, hymn to; Min, hymn to; Senwosret III; Hymns to the Diadem of the Pharaoh; Amun, hymn to; Osiris, hymn to; Hymn to Aton; Thoth, hymn to; Sobek, hymn to; Hathor, hymn to; Ptah, hymn to; Horus, hymn to; Meresger, hymn to; Maat, hymn to; Sakhmet, hymn to; Isis, hymn to; Khnum, hymn to].

Ursula Verhoeven / Philippe Derchain : Le voyage de la déesse libyque - Ein Text aus dem «Mutritual» des Pap. Berlin 3053. - [RiEg - Rites égyptiens - Etudes publiées sous la direction de Philippe Derchain 5]. - Bruxelles, 1985 VIII, 87, Transl. A-Q, Pl. 1-8.

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Après la présentation des sources (Pap.Berlin 3053, VIII,7-XIX,5 et une série de blocs provenant d'un temple de Psammétique Ier remployés dans des fondations d'Elkab, reconnus déjà par B. Van de Walle (Fouilles d'Elkab, Documents, pl. 23-24), les auteurs donnent du texte édité dans ce volume en transcription hiéroglyphique parallèle et en photographie, deux traductions, l'une française, l'autre allemande, qu'ils font suivre d'un commentaire textuel détaillé (p. 30-51), d'une analyse littéraire faisant apparaître la composition de l'ouvrage (p. 55-68 ) et d'un essai d'interprétation (69-76). Il s'agit apparemment d'une arétalogie écrite au début du Nouvel Empire (voir Ancienneté du Texte, p. 52-54) pour propager le culte de la déesse originaire de la frange occidentale du Delta (Imaou / Kom el Hisn; Ro-hesaou / Létopolis), dont on évoque les implantations diverses dans le Delta, à Memphis et à Thèbes. Le texte se divise en deux parties à correspondances symétriques, d'inégale longueur. La première, intitulée 'le Voyage' par les auteurs, commence par la description du séjour de la déesse dans la savane, d'oú elle revient en Egypte et est accueillie à la frontière libyque, avant de conter l'expansion de son culte dans le Delta et les capitales. A chaque station sont évoquées les festivités qui accompagnent son passage. La seconde partie, 'la profession de foi', présente la déesse en termes mythologiques et définit l'attitude du fidèle avant de conclure par une formule d'offrande et une prière. Ces deux parties sont rédigées en un mélange de styles narratifs et hymniques, dont on distingue quatre variantes. Quelques observations théoriques sur les règles suivies dans la traduction, un lexique comprenant un choix des mots importants et l'index des noms divins et géographiques complètent l'ouvrage.
Review: BiOr 44 (1987), 649-652 (Philippe Germond).


Maria Mogensen : A stele of the XVIIIth or XIXth Dynasty, with a Hymn to Ptah and Sekhmet. - In: Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology - PSBA 35. - 1913. - pp. 37 - 40, 1 pl.

A.F.R. Platt : Notes on the stele of Sekhmet-Mer. - In: PSBA 35. - 1913. - pp. 129 - 132, 1 pl.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Marco Zecchi : Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico. - Brescia : Paideia, 2004. - ISBN : 88-394-0692-1. - 205 p...

A review of this book in English : "Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico" (PDF, 106 kB).

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much Lutz. How did you find these books, through google or some database?

The first one, Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico especially looks promising but I'm afraid I can only read English. Do you know if it contains the hieroglyphs? I didn't see that mentioned in the review.

The other one that also looks promising is A stele of the XVIIIth or XIXth Dynasty, with a Hymn to Ptah and Sekhmet. How would I find a copy of this? I did a google search but could only find it in a library in Jerusalem.

I live in Australia and I doubt my local library would have any of these, how does one find an actual copy of these books, would there be any digital versions?

Thanks again for replying, much appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isqua wrote:
... How did you find these books, through google or some database? ...

It is a combination, but I have to say I studied some semester libraryian ship and worked some years in a library...

Isqua wrote:
... The first one, Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico especially looks promising but I'm afraid I can only read English. Do you know if it contains the hieroglyphs? I didn't see that mentioned in the review. ...

Not really, but I would think it should contain. It is not available in Australian librarys, as far as I can see: National Library of Australia ---> TROVE and Macquarie University Library. It is also not here in a Berlin library (only in Heidelberg, Tübingen und Munich) available, so I can not have a short look. But we have here in Berlin State Library...

RECENSIONES - Inni religiosi dell'Egitto antico by M Zecchi. - In: Antonianum - Periodicum trimestre 80-1. - 2005. - p. 168,

a review in English. I ordered it online and can have a look on Monday.

The book is available for buying for 8,- € in Italy, but shipping to Germany would make 14,- € ... So, I don`t want to know what they will take for shipping to Australia?! But if you want I can post the link.

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... The other one that also looks promising is A stele of the XVIIIth or XIXth Dynasty, with a Hymn to Ptah and Sekhmet. How would I find a copy of this? I did a google search but could only find it in a library in Jerusalem. I live in Australia and I doubt my local library would have any of these...

This journal seems to be in at least two librarys in Australia : Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology available, online for free just until no. 30 but try the interlibrary loan. Australian libraries have a good service. I have ordered online multiple copies from articles as pdf for download, cheaper than here in Europe.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ursula Verhoeven / Philippe Derchain : Le voyage de la déesse libyque - Ein Text aus dem «Mutritual» des Pap. Berlin 3053. - [RiEg - Rites égyptiens - Etudes publiées sous la direction de Philippe Derchain 5]. - Bruxelles, 1985 VIII, 87, Transl. A-Q, Pl. 1-8

is available at Macquarie University Library (give "Le voyage de la déesse libyque" into the "Search" field).

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... les auteurs donnent du texte édité dans ce volume en transcription hiéroglyphique parallèle et en photographie, deux traductions, l'une française, l'autre allemande, qu'ils font suivre d'un commentaire textuel détaillé (p. 30-51), d'une analyse littéraire faisant apparaître la composition de l'ouvrage (p. 55-68 ) et d'un essai d'interprétation (69-76). ...

... the authors give the text published in this volume in parallel hieroglyphic transcription and photography, two translations, one French, the other German, they are followed by a detailed textual commentary (p. 30-51), d a literary analysis showing the composition of the book (p. 55-68 ) and an interpretive essay (69-76). ...


Maybe to order a copy of pp. 30 - 51 & the plates would be enough?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Lutz, are you sure you're not secretly a magician? I wish I had your skills in this!

Thank you for your wonderfully detailed replies.

Yes, please post the link to buy Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico, I could only find it in some Italian stores and I'm not sure if they would ship to AUS. If it has the hieroglyphs I think it's definitely worth buying, I could always put the translation through google translate or something.

I was going through your links and it seems that Marco Zecchi has also written a book on Sobek that may contain some hymns to him: Sobek of Shedet : the crocodile God in the Fayyum in the dynastic period / Marco Zecchi. This is also an area of interest for me.

For the Proceedings of the society of biblical archaeology [electronic resource] from the National Library of Australia do you think I can order a PDF copy of this, or would I actually have to get the book by interlibrary loan and scan it myself? My local library is the University of Queensland (UQ). I'm afraid I'm very unfamiliar with how this all works (it's strange asking somehow on the other side of the world how my local library works)!

Finding Le voyage de la déesse libyque - Ein Text aus dem «Mutritual» des Pap. Berlin 3053 was a good find, again, I'm quite unfamilar with how to order this. You're right I'm not really interested in the literary analysis or the interpretive essay.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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... Yes, please post the link to buy Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico, I could only find it in some Italian stores and I'm not sure if they would ship to AUS. ...


Abe Books ---> "Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico". This is also in Italy but it was possible to change the destination to Australia (same price than to Germany).

Isqua wrote:
... For the Proceedings of the society of biblical archaeology [electronic resource] from the National Library of Australia do you think I can order a PDF copy of this, or would I actually have to get the book by interlibrary loan and scan it myself? My local library is the University of Queensland (UQ). ...

The local librarians should know which is the best and cheapest option in your case. A university library is connected with safety to the interlibrary loan system. If not, I would be very surprised... I ordered PDF scans several times over this service : NLA ---> Copys Direct, but you should ask first in the library of the University of Queensland.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isqua wrote:
... I was going through your links and it seems that Marco Zecchi has also written a book on Sobek that may contain some hymns to him: Sobek of Shedet : the crocodile God in the Fayyum in the dynastic period / Marco Zecchi. This is also an area of interest for me. ...

I have a PDF copy (around 6 MB) of this...

Jan Assmann : Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete. - In: Lieder und Gebete 2 - Religiöse Texte - Texte aus der Umwelt des Alten Testaments - TUAT 2.6. - 1991. - pp. 827 - 928.

But it gives only the German translation (no hieroglyphs or transcription). If you are interested give me an e-mail address by PM ("Private Message" here on this forum).

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Here are some internet resources that I often use when researching ...

AIGYPTOS - University Munich, best results when you give just the first letter into a search field and use then the offered keywords. You can define your search if you use two fields "Keyword" at the same time with one search term in each (for example into one "hymn" and in the other "sekhmet").

Aegyptiaca - Literaturdatenbank des Instituts für Ägyptologie und Koptologie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, also with some older works, missing in AIGYPTOS.

Catalogue of the University Library Heidelberg, this one is the mean library for Egyptology professional literature in Germany. Practically the direct links if the book / article is available online.

Propylaeum-DOK - Digital Repository Classical Studies is the full-text server of the Virtual Library of Classical Studies and is made available by the University Library of Heidelberg. It offers members of the academic community worldwide the opportunity to publish their texts in electronic format on the internet at no charge.

University Karlsruhe - Virtual Catalogue helpful for international search / recherche.

Very helpful is also the page from THE EGYPTOLOGISTS' ELECTRONIC FORUM - EEF.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for the late reply, things are very busy here today. I've also been having a lot of fun searching those last links you gave me.

Lutz wrote:
Abe Books ---> "Inni religiosi dell' Egitto antico". This is also in Italy but it was possible to change the destination to Australia (same price than to Germany).

Thanks, I've ordered this.

Lutz wrote:
The local librarians should know which is the best and cheapest option in your case. A university library is connected with safety to the interlibrary loan system. If not, I would be very surprised... I ordered PDF scans several times over this service : NLA ---> Copys Direct, but you should ask first in the library of the University of Queensland.

Okay I'll try that this week. I played around with the Copy Direct service but couldn't find how to order the the Proceedings of the society of biblical archaeology 35. Perhaps, as you say, the librarian is a better bet.

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Jan Assmann : Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete. - In: Lieder und Gebete 2 - Religiöse Texte - Texte aus der Umwelt des Alten Testaments - TUAT 2.6. - 1991. - pp. 827 - 928.


That's okay thanks, without the hieroglyphs I wouldn't be able to make much use of it.

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Here are some internet resources that I often use when researching ...

AIGYPTOS - University Munich, best results when you give just the first letter into a search field and use then the offered keywords. You can define your search if you use two fields "Keyword" at the same time with one search term in each (for example into one "hymn" and in the other "sekhmet").

Aegyptiaca - Literaturdatenbank des Instituts für Ägyptologie und Koptologie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, also with some older works, missing in AIGYPTOS.

Catalogue of the University Library Heidelberg, this one is the mean library for Egyptology professional literature in Germany. Practically the direct links if the book / article is available online.

Propylaeum-DOK - Digital Repository Classical Studies is the full-text server of the Virtual Library of Classical Studies and is made available by the University Library of Heidelberg. It offers members of the academic community worldwide the opportunity to publish their texts in electronic format on the internet at no charge.

University Karlsruhe - Virtual Catalogue helpful for international search / recherche.

Very helpful is also the page from THE EGYPTOLOGISTS' ELECTRONIC FORUM - EEF.

Greetings, Lutz.


Wow! This is exactly what I was looking for. I was mucking around with Google scholar before but couldn't get the hang of it. I found one from AIGYPTOS that look interesting:

Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete (Nr.4), Zweite, verbesserte und erweiterte Auflage, Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Freiburg/Schweiz und Göttingen, 1999

Thanks again for all your help Lutz.
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... I found one from AIGYPTOS that look interesting: Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete (Nr.4), Zweite, verbesserte und erweiterte Auflage, Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Freiburg/Schweiz und Göttingen, 1999 ...

Good choise, Jan Assmann is one of the leading experts in this field. I would be surprised if there were not given the text sources for his translations inside his book.

This one sounds in my view also of interest for you (and is available in Australia) :

Ludwig D. Morenz : Beiträge zur Schriftlichkeitskultur im Mittleren Reich und in der 2. Zwischenzeit. - [Leipzig, Univ., Diss., 1994]. - Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 1996. - ISBN : 3-447-03882-9. - 435 p. Key words from AIGYPTOS :
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Hymns to Sekhmet Reply with quote

Isqua wrote:
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of any Hymns to Sekhmet?

Some limitations:
- Must have Hieroglyphs and translation.
- Must be Pre-Ptolemaic.
- Must not be from the book of the dead (but any other source is fine e.g. Hymns from the walls of temples).

I find it particularly hard to find this sort of thing on the internet as you run in to all sorts of sites. Is there a good site or database where you can find Hymns to the various Egyptian gods that are also scholarly and well-referenced? I've tried JSTOR and the Oriental Institute but it's hard to find actual Hymns there, mostly it seems to be articles on the myhtology etc.

Any help would be really really appreciated.


To a lesser extent, there are some hymns and prayers dedicated to Sekhmet (usually in her form as an Eye of Ra), which are pre-Ptolemaic in

Germond, P. 1981. Sekhmet et la Protection du Monde. Aegyptiaca Helvetica 9. Geneva: Editions de Belles-Lettres.

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Lutz wrote:
This one sounds in my view also of interest for you (and is available in Australia) :

Ludwig D. Morenz : Beiträge zur Schriftlichkeitskultur im Mittleren Reich und in der 2. Zwischenzeit. - [Leipzig, Univ., Diss., 1994]. - Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 1996. - ISBN : 3-447-03882-9. - 435 p.


Thanks, I'll add it to the library list.

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To a lesser extent, there are some hymns and prayers dedicated to Sekhmet (usually in her form as an Eye of Ra), which are pre-Ptolemaic in

Germond, P. 1981. Sekhmet et la Protection du Monde. Aegyptiaca Helvetica 9. Geneva: Editions de Belles-Lettres.

HTH.


Thank you, this does look like a major work, I'll add it to the library list too. The Eye of Ra form is perfect. I found a translation online of the Litany to Sekhmet from this book, now just need to find the Hieroglyphs, do you know if it contains them?

The "Litany of Sekhmet"

The following invocations were chanted during the festival of the "Installation of the Sacred Falcon" in the temple of Edfu. Translated and adapted into English by Richard Reidy from the French text "Sekhmet Et La Protection Du Monde" by Phillippe Germond

1. O Sekhmet, Eye of Ra, Great of Flame, Lady of protection who surrounds her creator! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Master of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, the Lord of crowns, the Living Image! Protect him and preserve him from every arrow and every impurity of this year, because it is Ra from whom you are descended.

2. O Sekhmet, You who illumine the Double Land with your flame and give the faculty of sight to all! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Free him, preserve him from all the evil contagions of this year, so that they never hold ascendancy over him.

3. O Sekhmet, Lady of Flame, Great of Flame, Great of Terror, in fear of whom the Double Land trembles! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Make him pass far from every fever, from every pestilence of the year, for you are his Sole Protectress!

4. O Sekhmet, with red heart toward him from whom she issues forth, when he brought her back after imploring her! Come to the Living Image! Protect him, save him, deliver him; protect him from the massacre of slaughtering spirits so that he will not die because of them.

5. O Sekhmet, Uraeus on the head of her master, who hides (i.e., protects) him with her flame! Come towards the Living Image! Liberate him, put your protection around him! Protect him from every arrow and from every pestilence of the year! Preserve him from the one who plots against him, for it is he who in his name of Ra is eternally in the sky.

6. O Sekhmet, the one who makes every eye to see, without blindness happening!Come to the Living Image, the Living Falcon! For it is Ra from whom you issue forth, it is he who is the Protected One of this year so that he will go away from . . . So that he will be preserved from every arrow, from every contagion, from every bitterness, and from every fever, because he is Heru the Offspring.

7. O Sekhmet, when you rise, the Light appears; when you go back, darkness comes! Grant that the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Master of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, the Lord of crowns, does not die from your arrow, and grant that your fever does not catch him, for he is the god from whom you come forth. He is Heru, the Offspring.

8. O Sekhmet, who clothes her master in her light, and who conceals him inside her pupil! Come to the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Protect him from every evil fly of this year, so that it does not cling to him, . . . .

9. O Sekhmet, Ardent Flame, who lights a fire, when she took the torch! Come to the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Preserve him from every evil . . . Because he is Ra who cannot go toward your slaughtering spirits!

10. O Sekhmet, whose flame is well-respected among mankind! Who causes her flame to rise. Preserve the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Protect him and deliver him from the pestilence of the year which reigns in the land, for he is the Unique One who is indestructible . . . .

11. O Sekhmet, for whom the two skies open at once after she shows herself in splendor! Preserve the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Free him, protect him as well as his people, his mate, and his children from every terror, from every evil arrow of this year, and from all difficulties, . . .

12. O Sekhmet, Lady of Slaughter the way you like, the one who turns her face toward the south, the north, the west, and the east, in such a way that mankind is in fear! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Master of the Double Land, Son of Ra, the Lord of crowns, the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Protect him . . .

13. O Sekhmet, who enters in the opening of the mountains, she from which the flame fills for him (i.e., Ra) the Double Land, who inspires fear in the gods! She from which the flame fills for him the Double Land; (and which) she places among the gods. Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Preserve him, deliver him, make him to pass well away (from harm), (for) he is the Protected One of your arm of this year.

14. O Sekhmet, who fashions her Lord on herself, whose place is preeminent in front of him! Do not send your messengers against the Living Image! . . . In order that he cannot go in front of any of your evil arrows.

15. O Sekhmet, the one who spreads out your terror upon everything, the one who has been asked for life by those who rest in your hand! Preserve the Living Image, the Living Falcon, from your Slaughtering Spirits, because it is he who is the only recourse of his people, (the only recourse) of his mates and of his children . . . .

16. O Sekhmet, Eater of blood, the one who does not push away the arm’s grip, the one who establishes her domination in the house of the gods! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Deliver him from the impurity which you have spread out in this year, so that he does not go toward this impurity, because he is the one to whom the two Eyes have been sent, . . .

17. O Sekhmet, more divine than the gods, more glorious than the Ennead, Lady of Light, whose place is preeminent on the head of her Lord! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Make him pass away from all contagion, from every evil arrow, every pernicious fever, so that they do not penetrate into him, for he is Atum, the night, who cannot die for all eternity.

18. O Sekhmet, Lady of Flame, the one who is in her moment (of rage), who grasps hearts for herself! Preserve the Living Image, the Living Falcon; deliver him from every disastrous death of this year, . . .

19. O Sekhmet, the one who presides as the Power for capturing the Wanderers, Lady of Life of the Double Land, who can be the cause of death! Make to pass far from all evil the Living Image, the Living Falcon! (Repeat) Protect him, for it is he who has the name spty.f(y) , the one who must exist on earth.

20. O Sekhmet the Great, Lady of the Uraeus, the one whom we fear around the shrine! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Protect him, place your protection around him, for he is Horus the Offspring. May he live, may he live eternally, for ever and ever!

21. O Sekhmet, the one who opens the mountains, the one for whom the desert animals have been killed on account of the fear which she inspires! Come to the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him; do not permit that your massacre is exercised on him; do not strike him, for he is the one who is protected by his eye.

22. O Sekhmet, the sight of whom reduces all things to ashes, while humans throw themselves down upon their faces (lit., on their forehead)! Come toward the Son of Ra, the Lord of crowns, the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him from this your terror, for he is the One protected (sheltered) from your arm.

23. O Sekhmet, woman who plays the role of the male, and whom every god fears! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! For he is possessor of your protection, and if you live, he lives; if you are in good health, he is in good health, (and) he will not be destroyed, no, not ever!

24. O Sekhmet, the one who is at the head of all things, thanks to whom what every eye sees can be contemplated! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Make him to pass well away from harm, for he is Ra, he is the Venerable Falcon, and his name is the name of Ra, each day.

25. O Sekhmet, the one who shines, on account of whom one jubilates when it is ordered that her flame advances! When you shine, one jubilates because of you; (when) you are kind, the flame is pacified. Come towards the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Push away your messengers; do not permit them to be sent against him, so that they cannot have power against him.

26. O Sekhmet, at whose setting the darkness appears, in such a way that if someone nods his head (lit., makes a nod of the head) to his neighbor, they will not see one another! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Control every contagion, every arrow, . . . (and) all malicious things . . . so that they cannot be sent against him, not ever.

27. O Sekhmet, Lady of Flame, Great One who causes (all) to tremble, the power of any other god turns out to be non-existent when he is handed over to her. Come toward the Son of Ra, the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Protect him and save him . . . . (from harmful things) issuing from you,(in order that) he does not die because of them.

28. O Sekhmet,Lady of Maat, the one who hates the thief, the one who devours him to satiation, in accordance with your desire! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, make him to pass far away from the illness wnm-ct (gnaw-limbs) of this year, for he is the ultimate protected body.

29. O Sekhmet, for whom heads are severed by her messengers, the one who is at the head of her wandering spirits. Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Keep away from him all . . . . . . For he is the one whom one does not attack, . . .

30. O Sekhmet, the one who fills the ways with blood (and) who slays to the limit of all she sees! Come toward the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Protect him, (and) save him from every contagion (and) from every arrow of this year [hurled against his faculty of sight].

31. O Sekhmet, the one who opens and one lives; the one who seals, (and) one dies; Lady of Life who awards according to her desire! Come toward the Son of Ra, the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Grant him to live, (for) he is the one who survives every evil arrow of this year, of this month, of this instant.

Invocation against the Seven Arrows of the Year

32. O Sekhmet, the one who presides over the country, Lady of Vegetation, Generous One, Sekhmet who protects the Double Land! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, Lord of crowns, [name], the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him, (and) preserve him from the First Arrow of the year!

33. O Sekhmet, the Curled One, Lady of Obscurity, Wadjet the Great! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, Lord of crowns, [name], the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him, (and) preserve him from the Second Arrow of the year!

34. O Sekhmet, the one who moves in light, the one who terrifies the gods by her massacre! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, Lord of crowns, [name], the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him, (and) preserve him from the Third Arrow of the year!

35. O Sekhmet, the one who guides mankind, Lady of the (Two) Shores, (and Lady) of humanity! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, Lord of crowns, [name], the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him,(and) preserve him from the Fourth Arrow of the year!

36. O Sekhmet, Luminous One, the Great, preeminent in the Mansion of Fire, who terrorizes the Double Land by her fear! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, Lord of crowns, [name], the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him, (and) preserve him from the Fifth Arrow of the year!

37. O Sekhmet, the one who loves Maat and who detests Evil, Lady of rekhyt. Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, Lord of crowns, [name], the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him, (and) preserve him from the Sixth Arrow of the year!

38. O Sekhmet, Uraeus who opens the acacia*, Sovereign (One), the Great! Come toward the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Double Land, the Son of Ra, the Lord of crowns, [name], the Living Image, the Living Falcon! Save him, protect him, (and) preserve him from the Seventh Arrow of the year!

* Possibly in the sense of "who causes the acacia to bloom" as the wamth of the sun brings forth the blossoms on a tree. (Translated and adapted into English by Richard Reidy from the French text "Sekhmet Et La Protection Du Monde" by Phillippe Germond)



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isqua wrote:
neseret wrote:
To a lesser extent, there are some hymns and prayers dedicated to Sekhmet (usually in her form as an Eye of Ra), which are pre-Ptolemaic in

Germond, P. 1981. Sekhmet et la Protection du Monde. Aegyptiaca Helvetica 9. Geneva: Editions de Belles-Lettres.


Thank you, this does look like a major work, I'll add it to the library list too. The Eye of Ra form is perfect. I found a translation online of the Litany to Sekhmet from this book, now just need to find the Hieroglyphs, do you know if it contains them?

The "Litany of Sekhmet"

The following invocations were chanted during the festival of the "Installation of the Sacred Falcon" in the temple of Edfu. Translated and adapted into English by Richard Reidy from the French text "Sekhmet Et La Protection Du Monde" by Phillippe Germond...
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Yes, this Litany (in French) included in the work referred, but it is, of course, a Ptolemaic period Hymn. However, more importantly, the hieroglyph transcription, in full, of the Litany is in Germond's work.

Excellent work to have, IMO, if your study is of Sekhmet.
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