The goddess we most frequently call "Bastet" today was known as both "Bast" and "Bastet" in ancient Egypt. "Bast" was her earlier name. It possibly meant either "Soul of Auset" (Auset being an alternative name for "Isis," who is sometimes considered her mother), or "devouring lady." Later, priests called her "Bastet" to indicate that the "t" in her name should be pronounced. "Bastet" shares one of the same hieroglyphs for the bas jar, which held perfumes and ointments. So "Bastet" also meant "she of the ointment jar." Bast was originally a lioness goddess, but as time went on, she was more closely associated...
Anubis is an incredibly ancient god, and was the original god of the dead before Osiris "took over" the position. After that point, Anubis was changed to be one of the many sons of Osiris and the psychopomp (conductor of souls) of the underworld. His totem of the jackal is probably due to the fact that jackals would hunt at the edges of the desert, near the necropolis and cemeteries throughout Egypt. Prayers to Anubis are found carved on the most ancient tombs in Egypt, and his duties apparently are many. He watches over the mummification process to ensure that all is done properly....
Can you imagine being the God of Crocodiles?
In ancient Egypt there's a city called Crocodilopolis, named after crocodiles. Sobek (also called Sebek) the God of The Nile River who bought fertility to the land, he was also called the Lord of the Waters, Crocodiles, he had a temple with a lake full of crocodiles. Sobek was pictured as a crocodile headed man. His sweat was said to have created rivers of the world. Yuck!
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