Bast, the Beloved Protector of Cats
She is a protector of cats, women and children. Ancient Egyptians celebrated the holiday on October 31 with fun parties, music, street dances and drinks with friends – a holiday that we immediately learn.
The big week-long festival was held in the holy city of Bubastis and attracted worshippers from all over the country to celebrate it along the banks of the river and on the streets of the city. Herodotus speaks of a crowd of 700,000 people. Unfortunately, in our time Bast and his holiday are ignored, but you can say that Halloween was originally celebrated as the holiday of Bast.
It controls the mysteries of the cat – these magnetic animals, which have a strong ability to charm or repel. Let’s face it, we all recognize that we either love cats or can’t stand them. Historically, the cat was first endowed with archetypal power in Egypt, where it was considered a sacred animal. Because the cat identifies with Bast, and she is best known for her portrait of a woman with a cat’s head. When the cat folds its head, touching its tail, it forms a circle, a symbol of eternity, a symbol of the goddess in her chosen form.
Bast is the goddess of the rising sun, moon, truth, enlightenment, sensuality, fertility, generosity, birth, abundance, home, music and dance. She was a beloved goddess and protector of women, small children and domestic cats.
Bast was the owner of Oka Gora, a sacred duck. Over time, duckling became more and more associated with cats and often took the form of a cat. Egyptian women used these cat amulets as signs of fertility and prayed for as many children as cat kittens.
Our modern cat names are derived from the word utchat: kat, cat, cattus, gatus, gatous, gato, katt, katte, kitte, kitty, etc.
Egypt’s wild cats first lived in swamps and swamps along the Nile. Over time, when humans began to grow and store grain and other products for a long time, rodents and other pests began to thrive. The wild cat was revered for its cruelty and predatory behavior, the qualities it used to control the cruel population, and the qualities it shared with the lion. What a blessing the wild cat was for the Egyptians!
All the domestic cats we know today are descended from Felix Silvesteris, an African wild cat and friend of an Egyptian farmer. So began a long process of taming. Since the cat was first identified with Bast, Bast became extremely popular from 1000 BC.
The ancient Egyptians must have truly appreciated the beauty of wild creatures, they took on the terrifying aspects of animals and turned cruelty into a useful defense. Their gods possessed such animal qualities as hawk accuracy and bull power. So, in Basta we see the grace and elegance of the cat, agility, strength, speed and deadly claws. She has the charm, patience and loving nature of the domestic cat, as well as the rough potential of the strength of the lioness.
She, like all cats, has the gift to look into your soul.
And it’s easy to see why Bast has been associated with entertainment, music and dance for millennia. Just think of your cat, who aspires to comfort, and who loves to be stroked and stroked. Cats also like to play with their graceful movements and purring under the musical accompaniment, juicy in coordination of movements.
Today, the ruins mark the happy city of Bubastis, once a proud temple is nothing but crumbling blocks. However, Bast’s name remains. For at least 5,000 years, many have praised his name. A lot of people still do.
Take a moment to honor the memory of this ancient Egyptian goddess. Light a green candle, its sacred color, and show tenderness with the cat, its precious animal. When talking to a cat, remember that you are talking to a secondary deity and your favorite being, Bast.