Bastet - Egyptian Cat Goddess
Egyptian cat goddess.
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.