Writing the blog post on Tuesday got me thinking hard about the rituals that a priest might go through for a cat goddess. Archaeology probably has an answer but Iā€™m too lazy to look it up, so I imagine it goes a little something like the strip above.

Every religion throughout history has had its own concepts about what is and isn’t sacred, what does and does not constitute blasphemy. Modern Christians go to Church and partake of wine and bread, symbols of the flesh and blood of their prophet, Jesus, Buddhists look inward and practice meditation and mindfulness, and Shinto believers visit sacred shrines and celebrate the memory of their ancestors. Sometimes it can be hard to remember that the myths and stories left to us from civilizations (both ancient and more recent) come to us from a framework of religion, that there were very important rituals, beliefs, and work that were tied to the things we see simply as a good read today.

Take Bastet for instance. She wasn’t just some story the ancient Egyptians told, a curiosity for minds to grasp and consider. She was a very important religious figure, a being both symbolic and real with her own temples, worshipers, and spheres of influence. She had her own religious festivals, her own sacred rites and her own priests to perform them. Even the progression of these ancient beliefs mirrors the progression of modern religions. The shift in tone in the Abrahamic faiths, from Judaism to Christianity for instance, is not unlike the changing views of deities like Bastet. Once seen as an aggressive lioness, a protector of the state and deity of the sun, Bastet later became seen as a domestic goddess, protector of the home and connected with the moon. These shifts are natural occurrences in religions, as they reflect shifts in the cultures that adhere to them.

I’ve always found it interesting and valuable to consider just how much like us the people of the past were. We are often given the impression that who we are today is somehow vastly superior and different from those that came before us. While our technologies may have improved and our understanding of the world around us may have taken steps forward, we are not so different at our core.

We talked about Bastet quite extensively on Tuesday so this blog will is pretty brief. Normally I wouldn’t do two strips about the same deity in the same week, but when I had this idea while writing Tuesday’s blog, I knew I had to do it. We’ll get to something else next Tuesday!