SPEOS ARTEMIDOS HOME TO THE CAT GODDESS PAKHET

THE CAT GODDESS PAKHET Not far from Beni Hassan is Speos Artemidos, as named by the Greeks, or cave of Artemis.  Artemis was the equivalent Greek goddess to Bastet.  The cave is located near a small village, which is today called Istabl Antar.  Here, during the Middle Kingdom, Hatshupsut built two temples dedicated to Pakhet, […]

CAT MUMMIES AND TOMB PAINTINGS AT BENI HASSAN

Large numbers of cat mummies and tomb paintings have been found near a small village called Beni Hassan, located 23 kilometers south of Minya, between Asyut and Memphis.  With its necropolis located high in the limestone cliffs on the eastern side of the Nile, it was here that the famous archeologist, Flinders Petrie, found a […]

CAT GODDESS BAST AND THE GODDESS MUT

CAT GODDESS BAST AND THE GODDESS MUT Bast continued to be associated with other goddesses that were protectors of motherhood and children, such as the ancient Egyptian mother or creator goddess Mut. “In the temple of Koptos the goddess Mut of Thebes was called …. Bast…..”(Erman, 1907, p.59)  Mut’s sacred animal was the cat, as […]