Bastet the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of Cats


Kelly Macquire
published on 09 October 2022

Bastet is the ancient Egyptian goddess of the home and domesticity, women's secrets, fertility, childbirth, and cats. Although probably best known in the modern day as the goddess of cats, especially since she was often depicted in cat form or as a woman with a feline head, Bastet also had a role in the afterlife of the ancient Egyptians, and protected the home from evil spirits and diseases, especially diseases that affected children and women.

Probably due to her role as a protectress of the home and family, Bastet was one of the most popular goddesses in ancient Egypt. From the Second Dynasty of Egypt onwards, Bastet was a popular deity among both men and women. Bastet was depicted initially as a woman with the head of a lioness and was associated with the goddess of war Sekhmet (who is also depicted with a lioness head), but as Sekhmet got more aggressive in her depictions, Bastet got softer.



0:00​ Introduction
1:03 Who is the Goddess Bastet?
3:49 The Worship of Bastet
6:22 Outro

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Pets in Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Religion

The Ancient Egyptian God of Writing and Wisdom, Thoth
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Ancient Egyptian Dance and Music
Introduction to the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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