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Meaning & History

Possibly means "fire, heat" or "ointment jar" in Egyptian. In Egyptian mythology Bast was a goddess of cats, fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower Egypt. She was often depicted with the head of a lioness or a house cat. As her role in the Egyptian pantheon diminished, she was called Bastet.


animals, defence, Egyptian mythology, felines, fertility deities, fire, goddesses, light, lions, mother goddesses, mythology, nature, solar deities, sun, uncertain etymology
Entry updated March 14, 2016   Contribute