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, […]

CAT GODDESS BAST COULD HAVE ORIGNATED FROM THE NUBIAN GOD BES

Assimilation and Evolution of the Cat Goddess: PART II Prior to Bast’s association with Hathor, the cat goddess might have originated from the god Bes, whose name in Nubian means cat.  Bes, a short dwarf-like figure with a cat face, sometimes wearing a cat skin with a tail hanging down to his feet, came from […]

SEKHMET, THE LION GODDESS, BAST’S EVIL SISTER

Sekhmet the lion goddess, who had her own cult, was Bast’s evil sister or alter ego.  She is often portrayed as a woman with the head of a lion above which a solar disk with a uraeus sits.  Sometimes she holds a scepter and sometimes a knife.  Likewise, Bast often has the head of a […]

THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CAT CULT–THE GODDESS BASTET IS BORN

It took hundreds of years from the first evidence of the cat’s domestication to its being worshipped as a goddess during the Middle Kingdom reign of Mentuhotep III.  For the cat, being a pet and being worshipped were not mutually exclusive.  The ancient Egyptians had cats as household pets, and at the same time kept […]

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