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Sezmu


Sezmu was a minor Egyptian deity of the wine and oil presses. He was recognized from around 3000 BC to 400 AD. He was depicted as a lion, but more generally in human form. Sezmu had a definite cult following in the fertile Falyun region of the Nile valley, but was probably represented in most sanctuaries, particularly where ritual unguents were made and stored. He was recognized in both benign and malevolent roles. In the latter he was reputed to have squeezed human heads like grapes, but in a beneficent mood he provided aromatic oils and ointments. A.G.H.


Source:

Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 234



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