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BASTET

Picture of BASTET from our Egyptian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the full story here.

Egyptian Cat Goddess

Egyptian Cat Goddess with a grammatical stutter

BASTET is merely the bastardized name of BAST. Quite a number of Egyptian deities have ghostly encyclopedic duplicates, so we thought we’d highlight one by way of explanation.

It’s all to do with hieroglyphic confusion and alphabetic pollution. As the Egyptian language changed, some letter-sounds were in danger of losing their pronunciation. To preserve the language, scribes fought a rear-guard action by nailing extra letters to the ends of words.

In simple terms, this meant that a name such as BAST suddenly became BASTET. But it’s just the same name with a slightly revamped spelling. The ‘ET’ at the end is — or should be — silent.

BASTET FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : BASTET
Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Cats
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 12836

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Article last updated on 08 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "BASTET: Goddess of Cats from Egyptian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 08 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 July 2014.

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