Cat mythology has always played an important role in the folklore of ancient Egypt. There were several feline gods and goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon. The Sun God, Ra, was protected by lions as he journeyed through the underworld every night. Bast was the feline goddess of Ancient Egyptian religion and worshipped at least since the Second Dynasty.
Lions held a special fascination for the Egyptians but cats were revered. Bast came to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat and