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BASTET

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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.

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Article last updated on 30 December 2012
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT BASTET : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : BASTET
Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 999

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