Egyptian Goddess of Protection
"The cat's sophisticated personae are masks of an advanced theatricality"
Bastet was an ancient Egyptian goddess of cats, protection, and fertility. She was often depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness or a lioness, symbolizing her connection to the feline world. According to ancient Egyptian mythology, Bastet was the daughter of the sun god Ra and was considered a protector of the pharaohs and the people of Egypt.
Bastet was considered the goddess of domesticity and was associated with childbirth, fertility, and motherhood. She was also known as the goddess of joy and music and was often depicted playing musical instruments such as the sistrum, a musical rattle that was used in her rituals. Her cult was particularly popular in the city of Bubastis, where her temple was a major religious and cultural centre.
her festivals were celebrated annually, where people would come to her temple to pay homage and to ask for her protection.