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Picture of the Egyptian Cat Goddess BASTET from our Egyptian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

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, due in part to foreign influence, some letter-sounds were in danger of losing their pronunciation. In simple terms, this meant that people started to pronounce a name such as BAST with a silent T.

To preserve the original pronunciation, scribes fought a rear-guard action by nailing extra letters to the ends of words. BAST suddenly became BASTT. Luckily people took the hint, otherwise by now we could have ended up with BASTTTTTTTTTT.

The Gods tend to be very fussy about their names. Just remember, there is only one BAST aka BASTET. The extra ‘ET’ at the end is — or should be — silent.


Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : Cats
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NEUTRAL, may not care
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 13356
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Article last updated on 18 August 2014 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Bastet: Egyptian Goddess of Cats." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 18 Aug. 2014. Web. 17 September 2014.

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