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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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beckyg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Thanks! :)
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Winged-Isis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist
*** Great! ***
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PhantomReaver Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
This is an excellent picture, beasutifully done.
Sekhmet herself might have been pleased with this as well.

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Peace is a lie there is only passion.
Through passion I gain strength.
Through strength I gain power.
Through power I gain victory.
Through victory my chains are broken.
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beckyg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Thanks!
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ImmolationHarlot Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
This painting, which is one of my most favorite, is the inspiration for my next tattoo, I will be sure to send you the results. Absolutely breathtaking. The way the earth rips through the Nile is just such twisted detail.
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beckyg Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Heh, thanks!
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HeidiCeleghin Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is an amazing picture and also a great idea! :) I am quite that fan of Egyptian mythology. The title is what really caught my attention because of WB Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" which is definitely worth a read. It is quite clever because the title lulls readers into a sense of security but then when they read it, it turns out to be quite dark (and has some Sphinx related stuff going on)... Just thought you might be interested.
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Tsukihana88 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006
thanks for the :+fav:
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sekhmet-neseret Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2006
Sekhmet rules!!!!! :evillaugh: hahaha! =D

that's not for nothing my nickname is Sekhmet Neseret!!
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006  Student General Artist
Beautiful work! :) :+fav:
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beckyg Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2006
Thanks! :D
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2006  Student General Artist
You are very welcome!
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2006  Student General Artist
You are very welcome!
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Werewolf-Nemesis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
:jawdrop: :worship: OMG! This is so beautiful, it almost makes me want to cry! I love it beyond words! I worship Sekhmet, and this is such a good pic of her! Unbelieveable!
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beckyg Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
Yay! thanks! :D
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Werewolf-Nemesis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
Oh, I think I know what that qoute means... The undead? XD Nevermind....
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sabertoothkitty Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Hm, religious right, eh? Heh, what do ya know? I'm one of 'em. :)

I'm pretty well-versed in Egyptian mythology, yet still a Christian. Written plenty of stories based on the myths (some of which I need to go back and edit), and yet rarely tried my hand at Biblical fiction. :shrug:

If you're looking for a fight, you're out of luck. I'm one of those non-confrontational types. :)

But, as you see the story of Noah's ark as just a story, I see the story of Sekhmet as just a story.

I find little discomfort in this deviation (it's a wonderfully done picture, though - I wish I had that kind of talent! :D ). I have my reasons for believing the story of Noah's Ark, as I'm sure you have your reasons for believing what you do. It's obvious that we've both done our research and know what we believe.

Even after researching the mythology of Ancient Egypt for quite a few years now, I still find comfort in Christianity and wouldn't dream of changing that.



Religious differences aside, that is a great picture. :) Ta-ta!
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beckyg Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
I don't ascribe to any religion - including Ancient Egyptian or Christian. It's all folklore and myth to me. :-)

If mythology and history are studied together, one can trace the evolution of ancient mythology to modern dogma. For example, the Christian story of the virgin birth of Christ was taken from the Horus, Orisis and Isis myth. Isis had Horus via virgin birth (from a piece of Osiris, but not actually having sex). Horus (Jesus) then went on to battle Set (Satan) and the rest is history - or mythology. ;-) It's all the same. Only the names have been changed. :-)
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sabertoothkitty Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
Not necessarily. From the legends I've read, no one make a complete ressurrection. Not Horus, and apparently not Osiris (who was bound to the afterlife as it's ruler).

With Jesus, it was different. Not only was his battle with Satan victorious, but he rose from the dead completely. And he stayed that way until he ascended into Heaven.

The Bible also says that Christ died not for himself, but for the sins of mankind. What was Horus trying to do? He was just trying to claim his rightful place on the throne that Set stole. Mankind never really entered into the picture; in fact, according to the mythology, mankind can only enter the afterlife if his good deeds outweigh his bad (and this isn't what Christianity requires for entrance into Heaven).

That, and there are records of Jesus' physical appearance. So yes, he was an actual person (as opposed to a mythological figure), but whether he is God's son or not is open to speculation in some circles. I could go on and say why I believe he is Christ, but that's a whole 'nother rabbit trail...

So, no, I don't believe they are the same. Perhaps there are similarities, and I know of a few arguments that claim that all non-Christian mythology in the ancient world is copied from a prophecy known to all mankind, and changed to fit their cultures. I may not be a philosophy major, but I have studied Christianity (and I'm continuing to study it) and know what I believe. :)

I am glad that you're willing to explain your perspective in a mature fashion. I really wish more people were like you in that aspect.

And I wasn't sure what you believed, but thanks for explaining it to me. :)
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beckyg Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005
I never said the stories are the same, I said one was derived from the other.

We're also talking about thousands of years of storytelling here. With each telling, sometimes something gets changed. Over many thousands of years, we can easily make the assessment from Isis, Osiris and Horus to Mary, God and Jesus.

I remember when Hell used to be about fire and brimestone. Now-a-days, it's simply "an absence of God". In my short 36 year life, Hell has changed and evolved. Now, take the myths of ancient times and evolve it over thousands of years, and there you have it. :-)

And yeah, it's nice to have a theological discussion without the screaming and gnashing of teeth. :-)
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Chrishankhah Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
From a Christian perspective:

It hasn't changed, and God doesn't change. You've simply had exposure to different perspectives, but really, the Bible would say that both are true. In fact, I firmly believe there is an element of "fire and brimstone" to hell. :-) What's really changed is what denominations have become popular. Youth has picked up on a lot more evangelical denominations, the "hell is a place without God" ones, which focus less on material comparisons and more on the "heart" of the matter. They have growing appeal because evangelical denominations tend to believe in more open doors, allowing anyone to Christ who seeks him, whereas others have come off a bit judgemental. In general, Different denominations emphasis different things, believe different things, which is why I prefer to be nondenominal. But it's all about who you hear more. Catholics have lost a lot of their popularity over the years.

In aspect of the Set/Horus/Jesus/Devil analogy:: Egyptian mythology has changed a lot over time. Set wasn't always evil (Satan was), but when his city of worship rivalled Horus' city of worship, Set became a figure of evil. I doubt the ones who worshipped him were any better or worse than those in the other cities, though I wouldn't know for certain. Actually, there's a LOT we don't know about what the Egyptians believed.

There are thousands of documentations and other foundations of research that support biblical truths. Even Muslims, many whom hate Christians passionately, believe Christ was a prophet. And most people believe he was a real man. If you wanted to, you could also compare the story of Cain and Abel to the story of Set and Osiris.

...But who is to say that it wasn't Cain and Abel that came first, and influenced the tale of Set and Osiris?

Virgin births are frequent throughout Egyptian mythology, most lack tales, most are unexplained. (There is a bit more concept behind the tale of Horus, but Re had many children, Shu, Tefnut, Sekhmet herself.) It's not an unoriginal concept. It doesn't mean it didn't happen. Jesus wasn't the first man ever crucified. I think there are tons of similarities. I still, personally, believe that the Bible speaks the truth. Even similar things in the Bible happen multiple times. Jonah, three days in the belly of the whale; Jesus, three days "in the belly of the earth." He used the analogy himself. Jesus/Satan, Horus/Set, Good versus Evil--Never an old concept.

Main difference between Jesus and Horus:

The concept of salvation. To Christians, Jesus is the ultimate thing to believe in, to worship; nothing holds precident over the Father and Son. I presume that the Egyptians, being polythiestic, did not hold Horus nearly as highly over the other gods. It all depended on which they chose to worship.

..Anyway, enough of that. I love Egyptian mythology, and this is an awesome picture. Definitely what I think would have happened in terms of the tale of Sekhmet. I write fiction about a civilisation before ancient Egypt and use many of the Egyptian deities as high mages. Sekhmet's definitely amongst them, and one of the main focuses in the story. But she's not quite as tempermental in my story. :-)
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beckyg Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
Religions are based upon their predesessors. Based - not copied. People always love to add and change things to fit their view of the world.
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Neopatra-Isis Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005
WOW awesome picture and I loooove Egyptian myth so I had to fav it...

Although I don't think the Sekhmet story is a similar to Noah's Ark-I mean, Sekhmet didn't cause a flood, nor was there a boat involved (personally I think the Sumerian Gilgamesh myth is a closer match to Noah's ark) but hey, it's a 'divine wrath against humanity' story so maybe there's a similarity I'm missing?
Although I very strongly believe that a lot of Biblical stories and ideas were taken from ancient Egypt (yeah, i know, that sounds blasphemous, but I like believing controversial things!)

Sorry for going off at a tangent but...I love the idea of an Egyptian themed doomsday picture-it's a great concept, and has got me inspired to write a story...oooh yeah.
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beckyg Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005
Nope, you're absolutely correct. A lot of Bibical stories were stolen from Egyptian lore. For instance the Isis, Osiris, Horus, Set thing. Set is obviously the devil. Isis is the Madonna who gave birth to Horus without actually having sex with Osiris (virgin birth). Then Horus battles it out with Set (Jesus vs. Satan).

As far as Sekhmet destroying the world, yeah, that's the similiarity to Noah's Ark. God sent a flood to punish sinners. Ra sent Sekhment to do the same. :-)
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wolffreeborn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
great work! i love the concept

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beckyg Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Thanks! ^_^
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wolffreeborn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
:)
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PhoenixAshesRats Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2004
Beautiful, simply breathtaking. I love the story behind it too. Nice work.
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Yellowmoon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004
interesting story... really solid technique on this, i like it
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