Egyptian cat goddess. A goddess of the home and of the domestic cat, although she sometimes took on the war-like aspect of a lioness. Daughter of the sun god Ra, although sometimes regarded as the daughter of Amun and mother of the lion-god Mihos.
Her cult was centered on her sanctuary at Bubastis in the delta region, where a necropolis has been found containing mummified cats. Bast was also associated with the 'eye of Ra', acting as the instrument of the sun god's vengeance.
Bast was thought to a relationship with Sekhmet, lioness-headed Egyptian Fire or Sun Goddess.
She was depicted as a cat or in human form with the head of a cat, often holding the sacred rattle known as the sistrum.
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