Cats, Cats and More Cats - Why is the Bastet Cat so Popular?
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The cat was sacred in ancient Egypt. Admired for its virility, strength and agility, it was also the symbol of Bastet, the benevolent cat goddess who represented motherhood and joy.
The goddess Bastet is seen as a symbol of protection from both evil spirits and disease - particularly diseases associated with women and children. She also has an important role in the afterlife, according to Egyptian beliefs, and is the one who guides and helps the dead.
Since the earliest recorded centuries, the Bastet cat was viewed as a bestower of fertility and protection against dark forces. Even now, the cat figurines and jewelry she adorns emit a feeling of calm and protection.
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Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia