'Bast' Chapter

Bast

The goddess Bast was originally a lioness, and she was associated with the ways of war of the people of the city of Bast. The name Bastet actually means she of Bast. To her followers, Bast represented many things, especially strength of spirit and strength of community as a lioness is not a solitary hunter.

Perhaps not unlike the Berserkers of Norse lore, their warriors and their people in general valued ferocity of spirit, but this ferocity was not just centered on bloodshed. Like a cat, they lived life in such a way as to pursue everything they did with passion, and her worship in most cases was more akin to a wild party, playful and feisty and flirtatious, and killing had nothing to do with it.

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