(redirected from Ubasti)


 (bä′stĕt) also Bast (bäst)
n. Mythology
An ancient Egyptian goddess, daughter of Ra and agent of his vengeance, often depicted as a lioness or cat.

[Egyptian b'stjt.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Also known as Bastet, Ubasti, and Pasch, she was the most popular of the feline deities, belonging to the order of the Ennead, a group of nine deities most frequently appearing in ancient Egyptian mythology.
The characters are usually women and often appear to be adaptations of classic goddess motifs--such as Ubasti, the Egyptian cat-headed goddess of love and joy--modern day Madonnas or Druidic priestesses replete with power animals both benign as well as much maligned.
Actually, all cats that agree to put up with astronomers are honored by a single Earth-crossing asteroid--4257 Ubasti. Jean Mueller, an inveterate cat lover, discovered it in 1987 from Palomar Observatory.
Ubasti, also called Bastet or Bast, was an ancient Egyptian goddess worshipped m the form of a cat.