Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Bubastis, the name of an Egyptian goddess, and of a city founded in her honour and called after her, and variously considered to have held the same position in the Pantheon as Artemis, or Athene, or Aphrodite, In the triad of the gods of Memphis, she, under the name of Bast, was the wife of Ptah, and had a sister Pasht or Sekhet. Some consider her to have represented the beneficent aspect of fire, others hold that she symbolised sexual passion - a view which seems to be the more probable. Many figures in porcelain of her as a cat-headed goddess have been found both at Bubastis and elsewhere, and some bronze coins of the 2nd century have figures of a goddess holding in her hand a cat-like animal.