Friday, December 27, 2013
Daughter of Ra, Proctectress of Cats
Her name is also spelled Baast, Ubasti, and Baset.. She was the goddess of cats. She is a cat, or has the head of a cat, but originally she had the head of a lion.
Killing of Apep Every day the sun god Ra would travel in his ship across the sky. Every night the snake Apep tried to stop the sun god's ship on his journey through the underworld. Ra was usually won these battles. However, on stormy days, or during an eclipse, the Egyptians believed that Apep had been victorious and swallowed the sun. Bastet defended her father Ra against the snake.
Bastet was the proctectress of cats. The Ancient Egyptians had a great respect for cats since they protected the grain from mice and rats. Rats can also cause disease. Killing a cat was punishable by death. When a cat died, the family mourned it, shaving their eyebrows to mark their sadness. Cats were sometimes mummified, like people, and their mummies have been found.