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Bast, Perfumed Protector, Cat Goddess...
by Caroline Seawright

In early times Bast (written as 'Bastet' by scribes in later times to emphasise that the 't' was to be pronounced) was a goddess with the head of a lion or a desert sand-cat and was regarded as mother of Mahes, a lion-headed god. She was usually depicted as a cat, or as a woman with the head of a cat or lion. She was also connected to Hathor, Sekhmet, Tefnut, Atum (her father) and Mut. It was only in the New Kingdom that she gained the head of a house cat and became a much more 'friendly' goddess, though she was still depicted as a lion-headed woman to show her war-like side. As with Hathor, Bast is often seen carrying a sistrum.

Her name has the hieroglyph of a 'bas'-jar with the feminine ending of 't'. These jars were heavy perfume jars, often filled with expensive perfumes - they were very valuable in Egypt, considering the Egyptian need (with the hot weather) of makeup, bathing, hygiene and (of course) perfume. Bast, by her name, seems to be related to perfumes in some way. Her son Nefertem, a solar god, was a god of perfumes and alchemy, which supports the theory.

Now there is some confusion over Bast and Sekhmet. She was also considered to be the mother of Nefertem, as were a few other goddesses! Sekhmet was given the title the 'Eye of Ra' when she was in her protector form... but Bast and Sekhmet are not the same goddess (unlike Hathor who becomes Sekhmet as the 'Eye of Ra'). This all gives rise to a lot of confusion about these goddesses. Bast and Sekhmet were another example of Egyptian duality - Sekhmet was a goddess of Upper Egypt, Bast of Lower Egypt (just like the pharaoh was of Upper and/or Lower Egypt!)... and they were linked together by geography, not by myth or legend. These two feline goddesses were not related by family, they were both very distinct goddesses in their own rights.

She was one of the older goddesses, mentioned in the Book of the Dead (this was a selection of spells, rather than an actual book):
 

Pre Egyptian History Books

Before the Pharaohs Book: Egypt's Mysterious Prehistory (Paperback)

Edward F. Malkowski (Author)
$49.95
Presents conclusive evidence that ancient Egypt was originally the remnant of an earlier, highly sophisticated civilization

• Supports earlier speculations based on myth and esoteric sources with scientific proof from the fields of genetics, engineering, and geology

• Provides further proof of the connection between the Mayans and ancient Egyptians

• Links the mystery of Cro-Magnon man to the rise and fall of this ancient civilization

In the late nineteenth century, French explorer Augustus Le Plongeon, after years of research in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, concluded that the Mayan and Egyptian civilizations were related--as remnants of a once greater and highly sophisticated culture. The discoveries of modern researchers over the last two decades now support this once derided speculation with evidence revealing that the Sphinx is thousands of years older than Egyptologists have claimed, that the pyramids were not tombs but geomechanical power plants, and that the megaliths of the Nabta Playa reveal complex astronomical star maps that existed 4,000 years before conventional historians deemed such knowledge possible.

Much of the past support for prehistoric civilization has relied on esoteric traditions and mythic narrative. Using hard scientific evidence from the fields of archaeology, genetics, engineering, and geology, as well as sacred and religious texts, Malkowski shows that these mythic narratives are based on actual events and that a highly sophisticated civilization did once exist prior to those of Egypt and Sumer. Tying its cataclysmic fall to the mysterious disappearance of Cro-Magnon culture, Before the Pharaohs offers a compelling new view of humanity’s past.

Ancient Egyptian Books

Ancient Egyptian Books
Temple of the Cosmos Book: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred (Paperback)

Jeremy Naydler (Author)
$49.95
An ambitious and lucid interpretation of ancient Egyptian consciousness, especially with respect to the experience of the sacred. As such the book also sheds light on the wild and mysterious psychospiritual currents of our present time, including the Goddess re-emergence. 

Ancient Egyptian Books

Ancient Egyptian Books

The Future of the Ancient World Book: Essays on the History of Consciousness (Paperback)

Jeremy Naydler (Author)
$45.00
The sacred consciousness that prevailed in antiquity is the key to unlocking our future

• Shows how scientific consciousness, which gives primacy to the sense of sight, estranged us from the participatory spiritual consciousness of antiquity

• Explores the vital importance of the imagination in reconnecting us to the spirit world

The Future of the Ancient World sheds new light on the evolution of consciousness from antiquity to modern times. The twelve essays in this book examine developments in human consciousness over the past five thousand years that most history books do not touch. In ancient times, human beings were finely attuned to the invisible world of the gods, spirits, and ancestors. Today, by contrast, our modern scientific consciousness regards what is physically imperceptible as unreal. Our experience of the natural world has shifted from an awareness of the divine presence animating all things to the mere scientific analyses of physical attributes, a deadened mode of awareness that relies on our ability to believe only in what we can see.

In these richly illustrated and wide-ranging essays that span the cultures of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and the early Christian period, Jeremy Naydler shows how the consciousness that prevailed in ancient times may inspire us toward a future in which we once again reconnect with invisible realms. If the history of consciousness bears witness to the loss of visionary and participatory awareness, it also shows a new possibility--the possibility of developing a free and objective relationship to the spirit world. Naydler urges us not only to draw inspiration from the wisdom of the ancients but to carry this wisdom forward into the future in a renewed relationship to the spiritual that is based on human freedom and responsibility.  

Ancient Egyptian Books

The first reference to the domestic cat appears in the eleventh dynasty. Because it was hostile to snakes, it became a sacred animal of the Sun God. In the New Kingdom, the male cat was regarded as an incarnation of the Sun God and the female cat was equated with the solar eye. Feline figures may display a scarab, the symbol of the rising sun, engraved on the head or breast thus showing their solar significance. The domestic cat attained special significance as the sacred animal of the Goddess Bastet. Hundreds of figures were set up as votive offerings in the temple at Bubastis in order that the donor might share in the Goddess's grace. Actual mummies of cats were buried by the thousands in special cemeteries in the area. Bast Cat Egyptian Statues Cats were sacred to Bastet, a sun goddess who represents the warm, life giving power of the sun. She was known as the goddess of joy and protector of women. She is usually represented as a lion or cat-headed figure. In the New Kingdom, the male cat was regarded as an incarnation of the Sun God and the female cat was equated with the solar eye. Feline figures may display a scarab, the symbol of the rising sun, engraved on the head or breast thus showing their solar significance. Hundreds of figures were set up as votive offerings in the temple of Bastet at Bubastis in order that the donor might share in the Goddess's grace. Actual mummies of cats were buried by the thousands in special cemeteries in the area. Cats protected the temples from snakes. The ancient Egyptians held cats in the highest esteem and the penalties for injuring or killing a cat were very severe.
Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

SIZE: 4.75"H (12cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Bronze

 $62.95

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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue Miniature Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

SIZE: 3.5"H (9cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Bronze

$59.00

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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

SIZE: 7"H (18cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Bronze

List Price $74.95
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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

SIZE: 9.5"H (24cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Bronze

$96.95
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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue Medium Bast Cat Egyptian Statue


SIZE: 9.5"H (24cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Black basalt

List Price $84.95

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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

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SIZE: 12"H (30cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Bronze

$134.95

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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

Large Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

SIZE: 15"H (38cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Bronze

$194.95
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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

Bast Cat Egyptian Wall Plaque

Bast Cat Egyptian Wall Plaque

The first reference to the domestic cat appears in the eleventh dynasty. Because it was hostile to snakes, it became a sacred animal of the Sun God. In the New Kingdom, the male cat was regarded as an incarnation of the Sun God and the female cat was equated with the solar eye. Feline figures may display a scarab, the symbol of the rising sun, engraved on the head or breast thus showing their solar significance. The domestic cat attained special significance as the sacred animal of the Goddess Bastet. Hundreds of figures were set up as votive offerings in the temple at Bubastis in order that the donor might share in the Goddess's grace. Actual mummies of cats were buried by the thousands in special cemeteries in the area.

SIZE: 7.5"H x 11.5"W (19x29cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Antique stone

$94.95

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Bast Cat Egyptian Wall Plaque

Small Bast Cat Egyptian Statue Medium Bast Cat Egyptian Statue


SIZE: 9.5"H (24cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Bronze

List Price $84.95

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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

 
Standing Bast Statues, she is a feline goddess, daughter of the sun god “Ra”. Bastet was originally a lion goddess, but after 1000 B.C. as her cult developed, she became more associated with the cat and was considered to be the center counterpart of the lion goddess Sekhmet. Cats could be observed skillfully hunting and catching snakes, which had special relevance for the Egyptians since the snake was the symbol of Apophis, the demonic enemy of the sun god Ra. So cats became animals sacred to the solar deity. Bastet was especially worshipped at her temple at Bubastis (“the house of Bastet”). As a sun goddess, Bastet was the goddess of plenty and the mistress of pleasure. The celebrating of her festivals were renowned for being the most lavish of all the gods of Egypt. Bastet was also associated with the moon and in myth became the eye of the moon. The Greeks associated her with the Greek goddess Artemis. She is usually depicted as a cat-headed woman. In one hand she holds a sistrum, a kind of musical rattle, and in her other hand she holds an aegis which is a symbolic shield of protection in the form of a golden collar decorated with a cat head.
Large Standing Bast Statue Large Standing Bast Statue


SIZE: 12.5"H (32 cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Bonded marble

ITEM FINISH: Gold finish with color detail

 $106.95

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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

SIZE: 8.5"H (22 cm)

ITEM TYPE: Statue

ITEM MATERIAL: Bonded marble

ITEM FINISH: Gold finish with color detail

Our Price $89.95

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Bast Cat Egyptian Statue

Painted Egyptian Bast Wall Plaque Painted Egyptian Bast Wall Plaque

SIZE: 11.5" H (29 cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Antique stone finish with color detail

Our Price $104.95

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Painted Egyptian Bast Wall Plaque

Egyptian Bast Wall Plaque

Egyptian Bast Wall Plaque


SIZE: 11.5" H (29 cm)

ITEM MATERIAL: Casting stone

ITEM FINISH: Antique stone finish

Our Price $99.95

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Painted Egyptian Bast Wall Plaque

Bast Aromatherapy Lamps

Bast Aromatherapy Lamp and Crystal Ball Stand

Aromatherapy lamps: You place the oil or substance in the bowl and light a candle that goes in the slot below it (comes with tealight candle). As the bowl heats by the flame of the candle, the oil or other substance begins to burn and the smoke begins to rise, causing a natural incense burner. This burner can also be used as a crystal ball stand for spheres ranging from 100-200mm.

Price: $54.99

Bast Aromatherapy Lamp and Crystal Ball Stand

Tarot Card Bags

Egyptian Cat Bast Satin Tarot Card Bags
By: Lo Scarabeo
LLLL-9780738715346
 3 x 6 IN
Price: $35.00
Attractive, convenient, and useful, tarot bags are the perfect way to safely store and protect your valuable decks. Two standard size (2.6 x 4.7 inches) decks fit nicely inside each of these embroidered bags.

Tarot Card Bags

 
 

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