Ra, the great king of the worlds, ruled the earth. Though he has arisen from Nu, the Waters, Ra was more powerful than Nu. During the morning, Ra was the Khepera, in the afternoon – he was Ra, the Sun and during the evening, he was Atum.
Ra knew the secret name of all the things and using it he was able to create everything that he could imagine.
First, Ra created Shu and the wind blew through the world. Next came Tefnut, and the first rains fell on earth. Then Ra created Hapi – and the Nile flowed through entire Egypt irrigating it.
From Tefnut and Shu came Geb, the God of the Earth and Nut, the Goddess of the Sky.
Finally Ra created all the people, animals and trees and he ruled the people wisely and well. Ra ruled the earth for a long time and took good care of all the people. He made laws so that the people would follow it and lead happy lives.
Though Ra was a God, he ruled the earth as a man. As Ra was a man on earth, he had a problem. Like all men, he grew old. As Ra got older, people did not respect his laws. They made fun of Ra and mocked him.
“Ra is so old!” they whispered. “He is so old and all his laws are useless. He can do nothing against us,” the men whispered.
Ra came to know of this and he got very angry. The very people that he had created were making fun of him. No! This foolishness could not be allowed! The people – all of them had to be destroyed.
Taking a deep breath and trying to control himself, Ra turned to his bodyguard. “Summon all the Gods! I wish to talk to them in private.”
And so it was done, none of the people knew that their Gods were in the temple discussing about them.
“The people have become foolish. Merely because I am old, they refuse to follow me,” An anguished Ra told the Shu, Tefnut, Geb and Nut. Even Nu had come to the meeting.
“The people are becoming unbelievers,” Nu said quietly. Ra nodded as Nu continued. “These people would respect you only if they see your wrath.”
Ra's lips pursed in a single angry line as he heard the words of Nu. Slowly he nodded his head. And so it was decided. The people must be made to face the Eye of Ra.
It is said that the very next day, a ferocious lioness – Sekhmet, attacked the people of kingdom. No matter where they went they could not escape the lioness or even fight against her. The people fell.
Ra who was watching the destruction, suddenly felt sorry for the people. Seeing them he realized that no matter what they had spoken, they were after all his own people.
After that, Ra, tried to bring Sekhmet under his control.
But then Sekhmet was in a bloodlust and nothing that Ra said made sense to her. Realizing that there was no talking to her, Ra had his people go to town of Abu and find all the red coloured fruits that they could find there. Realizing that they had little or no time, the people fled to the town and brought all the fruits that they could.
Ra ordered the fruits to be crushed and ground and mixed with some beer and placed in 7000 jars. This was then poured in the meadows where Sekhmet was going to attack the next day.
When Sekhmet woke up the next day, she saw the meadow and assumed that the red liquid was blood and drank all of it.
Sekhmet enjoyed the drink but the drink made her very sleepy and by midday, there were no attacks as the lioness slept.
It was during this time that Sekhmet changed into Hathor, the divine Cow. Sekhmet gave up all her ferociousness and became the nurturing and loving mother – Hathor.
And thus the great destruction of the mankind was averted.