“To those who were in her favor, she gave great blessings, but her wrath was legendary and she was sometimes listed as one of Ra’s avenging deities who punish the sinful and the enemies of Egypt.” – Tour Egypt
“It is Bast who helps us to become stronger to protect that which we hold sacred to be mindful of the balance of life and protect our own true integrity. It is the Solar Bast who guards new beginnings.” – Lorraine Henrich
“The first signs are from Dyn II. she appears on stone vessles of Hetepsekhemwy and Nebra (c. 2890 b.c.) from the steppyramid complex at Saqqara. On these vessels Bast is seen standing before the king’s cartouche.” – Meritites Hatshepsut
“By and by, Bast took on the same traits as Het-Hert, (Gr. Hathor) and the Greeks, true to their habit of interpreting foreign culture and deities according to their own culture, likened her to their own Artemis. Thereby Bast became the protector of pregnant women, childbirth, musicians and all kinds of excess, especially sexual. It was probably here, along with the Greek way of likening her to Artemis, that the concept of the cat as a form of female sexuality developed. Originally Bast had nothing to do with this aspects, as she was a fierce protector of the throne, the king and the Two Lands.” – Meritites Hatshepsut
“…modern scholars often have a difficult time separating the essences of Bast from those of Sekhmet (also a lioness-Goddess and Daughter of Ra), and often set them together as the same divinity in a dichotomy of “nice kitty/big bad lioness”. This is not only incorrect, but devalues the worth of the multi-faceted approach the religion of Kemet offers to the “Neteru”. There was a composite “Neter” known as “Sekhmet-Bast-Ra”, but this “Neter” was a true composite: the union of the individual “Neteru” did not negate Their individualities in a seeming paradox which is a central issue of Kemetic philosophy, called by archaeologist Erik Hornung the concept of “the one and the many”.” – Tamara L. Siuda
“Even from very old times, as protector, Bast was seen as the fierce flame of the sun who burned the deceased should they fail one of the many tests in the underworld.” – Carnaval
“Bastet was one of the goddesses associated with the story of the Distant Goddess, the daughter of Ra who quarrels with her father and retreats into the desert. She was particularly identified with the form of this goddess known as the “Nubian cat”, who could be shown with the body of a spotted cat and the head of a Nubian woman. A god, usually Thoth or Shu, persuades the wandering cat to return to Egypt, where she is transformed into a compliant and fertile divine consort.” – Geraldine Pinch
“In the “Litany of Ra”, Ra (Re) is described as “The One of the Cat”, and “The Great Cat”. The nine realms of the universe are manifested in the cat, for both the cat and the Grand Ennead (meaning nine-times-unity) have the same Ancient Egyptian term, b.st. This relationship has found its way to the western culture, where one says that “the cat has nine lives” (realms).” – Moustafa Gadalla
“It is wise to note that Bastet’s primitive link with the Heliopolitan solar god, Atum (or Atum-Ra), indicates that she was probably a rather warlike entity at the outset, a “uraeus” goddess personifying the relentless power and dominion of the sun, much like the closely related deity Sekhmet.” – Zachary Gray
“Though the Pyramid Texts depict Bastet as yet another, typical mother-figure to Pharaoh, artifacts from the time of King Hetepsekhemwy (2890 BCE) portray Bastet with the head of a lioness, fortifying the notion that her initial persona was far more pugnacious than playful.” – Zacharay Gray
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