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    2,000-year-old temple in Alexandria dedicated to a cat goddess

    Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 2,000-year-old temple in Alexandria dedicated to a cat goddess.
    The temple is the first trace of the royal quarters of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be revealed in Alexandria.
    The find confirms the Greek dynasty of Egyptians continued the worship of ancient animal deities.
    Many more ruins of the ancient capital of Hellenistic Egypt lie preserved under the modern city, yet to be unearthed, archaeologists say.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8468803.stm

    Not exactly a new item but still one I though might be of interest.

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    Bast would be another name of Bastet or Ubasti. She starts out as a lion headed goddess in the 2nd Dynasty period and is a war goddess but later is replaced in that role by Sekhmet and becomes known as the cat headed goddess of lower Egypt around the city of Baubastia. Heavily conflated with the Hellene Goddess Artemis and becomes a moon goddess though in the 2nd Dynastic period she is a solar goddess. By the 22nd dynastic period she is more of a moon goddess. She gets conflated also with Pahket of the Middle Kingdom period who is also a cat headed goddess and is also conflated with Mafdet who is a Leopard / panther headed goddess of an earlier period. Probably best known for the many mummified cat's that are associated with her though nearly as many are also associated with Pahket at the Spiro de Artemis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humming Bird View Post
    Who is Bast?
    Quote Originally Posted by monsnoleedra View Post
    Bast would be another name of Bastet or Ubasti. She starts out as a lion headed goddess in the 2nd Dynasty period and is a war goddess but later is replaced in that role by Sekhmet and becomes known as the cat headed goddess of lower Egypt around the city of Baubastia. Heavily conflated with the Hellene Goddess Artemis and becomes a moon goddess though in the 2nd Dynastic period she is a solar goddess. By the 22nd dynastic period she is more of a moon goddess. She gets conflated also with Pahket of the Middle Kingdom period who is also a cat headed goddess and is also conflated with Mafdet who is a Leopard / panther headed goddess of an earlier period. Probably best known for the many mummified cat's that are associated with her though nearly as many are also associated with Pahket at the Spiro de Artemis.
    More info on Bast(et) can be found at Per-Bast.org: http://www.per-bast.org/bast/historical.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by moon81goddess View Post
    More info on Bast(et) can be found at Per-Bast.org: http://www.per-bast.org/bast/historical.html
    That's a good site for info regarding the Kemetic (Egyptian) Bastet. Not sure it does justice to the conflated Artemis-Bastet or Artemis-Pahket though. I only add Pahket because Pahket I believe is the name that is sometimes confused with the corrupted name of Paschet (sp) that was listed with Bastet in one translation. Pahket is associated to the Middle Kingdom period and her temple is actually located near Benni Hassan (sp) about half way down the Nile.

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