BAST (Alt. Spellings: Bastet, Ubasti - Greek/Roman: Bubastis) "She who devours" or "Devouring Lady" Possibly also “She of the bas-jar” a bas-jar being a heavy perfume or ointment jar.
frequent spelling of Bast is Bastet, however, the ending "ET" is
silent, so Her name should always pronounced Bast. "T" is a feminine
ending in the ancient Egyptian language. At a point in Egypt's history,
the "T" ending was becoming silent on many words, so an additional
ending was put onto Bast's name, making it Bastet, to show that the
original T needed to be pronounced.
"Bast guards the Two Lands. He who worships Her is sheltered by Her strong arms."
is a goddess of protection, especially so of Egypt and its ruling
house. She was associated mostly with lower Egypt. Since She was a
protector of the king on earth, so She also became a protector of the
king of the Gods - Ra. As such, She was one of several solar Goddesses
given the title "The Eye of Ra."
Bast did not become associated
with the moon until Greek times, since the Greeks associated Her with
their Artemis. It was also during this time that much of her association
with sexuality occurred, as well as becoming a daughter of
Wesir(Osiris) and Aset(Isis). None of this was part of Her Egyptian
In addition, the idea that She is a goddess of marijuana
and lesbians is very modern, and as far as I have been able to tell was
made up by a few folks who scam people for money online... Luckily,
these misconceptions seem have faded recently.
Because of Her
name Bast is also associated with perfume and ointment jars. Bas being a
type of heavy jar, which often held expensive perfumes, oils, and
It was partly due to this gentle association that the
image of Bast became that of a domestic cat, rather than the lion or
wild cat of earlier times. In this form, She is regarded as a patron of
cats. A large number of cats were mummified and buried at her central
temple. Some say these cats were killed as offerings, but it is also
likely that these were the pets of local people, or even of cats who
lived and died in the temple, instead. Cats were very important in
Egypt, due to their ability to kill mice, as well as dangerous animals
such as snakes.
Bast is often shown with kittens around Her, and as such as thought of as a goddess of fertility and a protector of children.
is the mother of Maahes, and wife to Ptah. She is the daughter of Ra.
Bast is also sometimes said to be the wife of Yinepu (Anubis), and the
mother of Nefertem.
Bast is often associated with many other Goddesses, such as Het-heret (Hathor), Sehkmet, Mut, and Tefnut.
is often confusion about Bast's connection with Sekhmet, since they are
similar protective goddesses, with lion heads. Bast is not the gentle
side of Sekhmet - it is Het-heret who becomes Sekhmet in myth.
is shown either as a female with a feline head, or as fully feline. She
is sometimes shown wearing a sun-disk upon Her head in her partly human
In later times She is occasionally shown holding a
sistrum, as well as a lion mask. The lion mask perhaps hinting at Her
wilder beginnings. It is sometimes thought that it may also represent
the fierce protection laying under a more docile exterior.
offerings to Bast include sweet food and drink (such as honey), cold
water, red wine, onions, mint, perfumes, ointments, copper, meats, and
cat figurines. Modern worshipers also often add things like chocolate,
limes and other citrus, cinnamon, plum wine, perfume bottles,
knives/swords, and stained glass items.