- Pewter Bastet pendant on a waxed cotton cord.
- Length of cord: 33 inches
- Dimensions of pendant: 1.5 inches x .75 inches
- Item#: MNL542
Bastet is the Egyptian Goddess of Pleasure. She loves music and dance. She was also the protectress of the people's health. She offered protection 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' well being was found in the rage a lioness shows when protecting her cubs when threatened. 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. Those journeying to her celebrations were encouraged to tell jokes, laugh, and to 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. Bastet is a mother-goddess; one who loves to see joy and well being in her children, and used her power to help them enjoy life in happiness.