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Bastet by gwpe Bastet by gwpe
A spontaneous photomanipulation/digital painting something-or-other that I was inspired to do this morning when I saw the feline overtaking of dA :XD: So here's a Bastet statuette, cat goddess of ancient Egypt, with all sorts of glowy effects :dummy:

... okay, now to do the homework I was supposed to be doing in the first place >.>

Bastet statuette is mine ^^
Stock images used: [link] (panpipes), [link] (tambourine), [link] (dancer), [link] (dagger).
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BucklesInTheSun Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Faved! I would fave it again if I could!

Geeking out for the viewers at home that bother to read comments in 5,4,3,2,1---
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Ubasti, Bastet (the extra "et" is to ensure you pronounce the first one (as sometimes the 't' is silent in Metu Netjer-- thank you "Introduction to Middle Egyptian")-- like in "Hetepsababetet", who is one of the hours of the night-- Doubled "ets" on names can usually be dismissed unless it's a foreign name while speaking, but are perfectly correct in written form), Bast's name means "Lady of the Perfume Jar". Though she has undeniable erotic connotations, like the common housecat protected against scorpions and snakes-- she was considered protector of the home and homeland as well-- and she was the most frequent deity painted on shields to protect the army. The lesser fire festival was held in her honor every year. She's considered both a form of Sekhmet (who is in turn a form of Het-Herut) and Sekhmet's sister, leaving her much like the Indian Goddess Chamunda who can be depicted singular (savage crone [link] ) or as two wide-eyed warrior women ( in a friendly embrace as if posing for their picture to be taken [link] ). Bast is also often found in male form, although still referred to with female gender (similar to Sekhmet, Neit and others) even if she sports an erect phallus. She, like Sekhmet, was considered the bride of Ptah-- giving these two very active Goddesses to the very inert Ptah (depicted mummiform, said to create with his heart and his words and not his hands) is an extremely Egyptian thing to do. Everything in life was thought of almost as an equation (this can be seen in the breakdown of a lot of visual puns in the heiroglyphs themselves), and it all had to make sense at the end, so everything had to balance and counterbalance.
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gwpe Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*looks at the post date and facepalms* XDD

I never thought I'd dig my way out of the inbox pile ...

Anyway :D Thank you!! Bastet and Sekhmet are two of my favorite Egyptian deities, so I totally jumped at the chance of drawing a cat goddess. I knew all about the mythology/connotations/powers/etc., as well as the festivals (I'm a total mythology/religion geek as you know XD) but I haven't studied any form of ancient Egyptian in years, so thanks for the info!
victricia Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoo, it's beautiful! I really like the colours and the hazy atmosphere! <3

Btw, do you know what the right form of the name is? I've heard it's supposed to be Bast, and that due to some dialect changes the hieroglyph..ers... started adding and extra 't' to the end, to make sure it's not "Bas"... I think the earliest ones don't have it. Or something in that vein. Someone just once explained this to me, but I was never that much into Egyptian culture ^^ I see both versions a lot though.
gwpe Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :glomp: I'm starting to really like using color, both digitally and traditionally. I always used to shy away from it, but now I think I'm addicted :D

I've seen both versions a lot too, both in pop culture and academia. I think it's just one of those things -- the best example I can think of is Astart/Astarte/Ashtart/Ashtoret/Ashtoreth/Ishtar -- where the name got modified in translation or transliteration around the eastern Mediterranean. At least, that's what happened to poor Astarte, she has a number of names depending on which culture and time period you're talking about, and then it also depends on the nationality of whom you're reading (British vs. American education, for instance). And they're mostly all used interchangeably with each other. That's my theory, anyway, I haven't actually come across anything that tried to explain Bast/Bastet. Although differentiating her from "Bas" would be pretty important XDD Plus, there's all the changes that took place within the ancient Egyptian language from the Old down to the New Kingdoms.

/end ramble (LOL, you should be very wary of starting me on ancient Mediterranean archaeology, I can go on forever :P)
victricia Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No go on, it was fascinating! And I did know it would happen, I'm actually interested XD I remember the explanation did have something to do with the changes in the language. Then again, it's hard to tell if the changes were actually from Bast to Bastet or from making sure that Bast and Bas were not mixed up - well, as long as we know what we're talking about! :D
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