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Pagan Portals Sekhmet – a review

Pagan Portals - Sekhmet

Another recommended read!

This fascinating small book delves into the history and worship of Sekhmet – an ancient Egyptian deity. If you have any interest in ancient Egypt, there’s a wealth of detail here, centered around this fascinating Goddess. Olivia Church does a lot of work to put Sekhmet in context – her stories make a deeper sense if you are aware of the landscape she originates in. There are valuable insights here about how the language works, what the implications of that are for spells and rituals, and how Egyptian notions of deity impact on how we might understand a specific figure.

I have a longstanding interest in things Egyptian resulting in a passable if superficial knowledge. This book greatly enhanced my understanding of not only Sekhmet, but ancient Egyptian religion as a whole. It was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Olivia Church also explores modern Sekhmet worship and how that tends to differ from what’s known of the history. Sekhmet is clearly a Goddess who speaks to many modern Pagans. If you’re interested and looking for a place to start that will give you historical insight and substance, this is clearly the ideal book. For anyone like me with a broader interest in the subject matter, its a good read. This isn’t a book for someone who is already an expert in the subject – but that’s not what Pagan Portals are for.

More on the publisher’s page – https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/moon-books/our-books/pagan-portals-sekhmet-egyptian-goddess