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 Re, although sometimes regarded as the daughter of Amun. Wife of Ptah 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 Re’, acting as the instrument of the sun god’s vengeance. 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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