- Pewter Bastet pendant on a waxed cotton cord.
- Length of cord: 33 inches
- Dimensions of pendant: 1.25 inches x 1 inch
- Item #: MNL512
Bastet was the Egyptian Goddess of Pleasure who loved music and dance. She was also the protectress of the people's health, shielding them from both disease and negative energies. Bastet is a Cat Goddess, and scholars believe that she was once a lion diety. Her role as preserver of her devotees' wellbeing was found in the rage a lioness shows when protecting her threatened cubs. The Greek historian Herotodus records that the festival of Bastet was a very elegant affair, and that Egyptians from all over the country would flock to her temple (which still exists in Bubastis) in huge numbers. The festival was an occasion for real fun, as those journeying to her celebrations were encouraged to tell jokes, laugh, and get pleasantly drunk. It was one of the most cherished times in the Egyptian year. Those who worshipped Bastet often made or commissioned statues of cats which were offered at temples, buried with the dead, and kept in homes.