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The Second Coming by beckyg The Second Coming by beckyg
<p>This painting is based on an Egyptian myth. The original myth goes that a lioness-headed goddess, Sekhmet, was sent by Ra to punish mankind for their sins. Sekhmet enjoyed this task a little too much and would have destroyed the world if not for Ra's clever intervention. He transformed all the blood that she spilled into wine. When she went to consume the blood, she got drunk and fell asleep, just short of total destruction.</p>

<p>Can you see the similarity of this myth and Noah's Ark? The principle is the same although the characters are very different.</p>

<p>Anyway, my fevered imagination wondered what would happen if Sekhmet came back for another go. Thus, "The Second Coming".</p>

<p>There is also the side benefit of pissing off the religious right. Isn't that how Mapplethorpe made his millions? ; )</p>

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Ancient Egyptian art is pretty much public domain these days. ;-)

The lioness' face was done by me with no references (I've drawn a ton of cats in my day), same goes for the outer space stuff, with the exception of the Earth, which was probably a NASA photo, most likely (I can't remember now). The hands were my own hands.
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EIAdoptables Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Wow! How fascinating!
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Tarotshama Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
You should read "Queen of Kings" by  Maria Dahvana Headley. It's kind of about the second comming of Sekhmet via Cleopatra.
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suyuku-san Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Writer
I never heard of this it's really interesting :heart:
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TheSorceressRaven Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. I love all the details, especially on the lioness' face :)
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Anekmehkt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who did God send to Earth to punish mankind for their sins? What did God do that was a clever intervention against the one he sent? Those are my questions because I can't quite see the similarity there but this is a beautiful piece. :)
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beckyg Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
A flood. (aka Noah's Ark myth)

Thanks! :)
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Anekmehkt Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know you're referring to the Noah's Ark myth but my questions are to what are the similarities of the two. You're welcome.
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beckyg Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
The Flood was sent to wipe out man kind's evil. Sekhmet was sent for the same reason.
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Anekmehkt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah.
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MercuryShining Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Awesome painting and concept, plus she's my favorite goddess and The Destruction of Mankind is one of my favorite myths :D +fav!
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