Goddess Bast

Aug 01 2019
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She is also known as Bastet, Bastis, Baast, Ubasti and Baset

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1. When does Bast begin to appear in our records? 
2. She was depicted in two ways. What are they? 
3. Images of Bast were created from what stone that we are still familiar with today? 
4. She was originally viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt, defender of the pharaoh and later as protector of Ra gaining her what two other titles? 
5. What two things did she protect the people from? 
6. Although the meaning of her name remains uncertain, what are two possible meanings associated with it? 
7. What is she frequently seen holding usually in her right hand? 
8. When her temple was excavated in Bubastis how many mummified remains of cats were found? 
9. She is purported to be whose daughter? 
10. Several years ago a newly found ancient temple dedicated to Bast was discovered. In what modern-day city was it found in?

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1. When does Bast begin to appear in our records? From the third millennium B.C.
2. She was depicted in two ways. What are they? Either as a fierce lioness or a woman with the head of a lion. 
3. Images of Bast were created from what stone that we are still familiar with today? Alabaster.
4. She was originally viewed as the protector goddess of Lower Egypt, defender of the pharaoh and later as protector of Ra gaining her what two other titles? Lady of Flame and Eye of Ra.
5. What two things did she protect the people from? Contagious diseases and evil spirits.
6. Although the meaning of her name remains uncertain, what are two possible meanings associated with it? “She of the ointment jar” or “She of the perfume jar”.
7. What is she frequently seen holding usually in her right hand? A sistrum (ancient Egyptian percussion instrument). Bast is associated with both music and dance.
8. When her temple was excavated in Bubastis how many mummified remains of cats were found? Over 300,000 cats.
9. She is purported to be whose daughter? Sun God, Ra. 
10. Several years ago a newly found ancient temple dedicated to Bast was discovered. In what modern-day city was it found in? Discovered under the streets of modern-day Alexandria in Egypt, it contained some 600 cat statues. Egyptian archaeologists who found the temple say it was built by Queen Berenike II, wife of Greek King Ptolemy III, who ruled Egypt from 246 to 221 B.C.

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