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Bastet goddess of cats
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The goddess Bastet originally is portrayed as a women with the head of a domesticated cat. However up until 1000 BC she is portrayed as a lioness.her father is Re the sun god . it may be through him that she aquired her feline characteristics.
her symbols are cat, lioness, sistrum, and Udjat
her sacred animals are lions and domesticated cats
her sacred plant is catnip
if anyone wishes to add onto this information they may
sincerely
Cat
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Re: Bastet goddess of cats
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How do you know all this ????
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Re: Bastet goddess of cats
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Studying and research of course
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Re: Bastet goddess of cats
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actually you seem to of mixed Bast the cat goddess of music and dance [and later sex] with the healing and war goddess Sekhmet who has the body of a woman and the head of a lioness. she too has many sides and attributes [like the belief her breath is the desert wind] she can be kind but a fierce defender

Egyptian mythology can be very confusing as each region and city had its own gods and myths. so while similar in nature, the deities were different in the tales. in lower Egypt it was Bastet and in upper Egypt they had Sekhmet. one creation story speaks of Bastet being Ra's daughter or wife and he turns her into Sekhmet. the one i go with [mostly because i heard it first] speaks of Ra growing angry with the rebellion plots so he took his eye and created Sekhmet, sent to destroy his enemies. her blood lust grew great and he had to trick her to make her stop. he then turned her into Hathor.

there was a time when it was believed they were one and the same, but they are two different deities.
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Re: Bastet goddess of cats
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Thank you Nekoshema for correcting my error
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Re: Bastet goddess of cats
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Post # 6

Actually, Bast, like many Eyes of Ra, has a lioness form.

So stating that she appears as a lioness or with the head of a lioness is not wrong at all, it's simply speaking of her in her form as an Eye of Ra.

And the -et of her name is a later add on when it became necessary to speak the suffix which stated whether a person was female. -et simply signifes that she is a she, Bast is more appropriate.

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Re: Bastet goddess of cats
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Post # 7

oh cool

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