Goddess Bastet

Bastet was a lunar goddess, with the head of a cat. She was an Egyptian Goddess, an the daughter of Ra, the god of the sun. She was also called Bast. She was the goddess of fire, cats, the home and pregnant woman. She watched over them and made sure they were safe in their pregnany. Bastet and many other Egyptian goddesses were involved in the pregnancy of women, in some way or another, and many were also the keepers of homes and families. This is because women were regarded as sacred and powerful, in their ability to rear children, which is something man could never be taught or made to do. Only women were capable of this. For this reason, goddesses were often in charge of keeping women and children safe and sound throughout the course of their lives. Bastet was sometimes referred to as a lion, because she has two very distinct sides to her personality. She was either very docile, like a housecat, or fierce, like a lion. “Her docile and gentle side was displayed in her duties as a protector of the home, and pregnant women. Her aggressive and vicious nature was exposed in the accounts of battles in which the pharaoh was said to have slaughtered the enemy as Bastet slaughtered her victims” (Ancient Egyptian Myths).

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