One religion I can get behind

Temple to cat god found in Egypt

The temple was filled with statues of Bastet, a once fearsome lion-headed goddess whose image changed over time to a domesticated cat.

h/t: Greg Mayer


  1. Posted January 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it looks pretty cool now that it’s extinct. When it was active, it was probably as full of trouble and nonsense as present-day religions.

  2. Posted January 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    At least cats exist.

    Glen Davidson

    • KP
      Posted January 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Yes, to paraphrase George Carlin, I can see cats. That goes a long way towards their credibility as something worthy of worship.

  3. Barry
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Is there any evidence the Egyptians were the first civilization to invent the cat box? It stands to reason that they were, and there was certainly enough sand around for them to fill them with, but what’s the hard evidence and the date? Other than the 1970’s character Fat Freddy (of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), I can’t even think of a recent discussion on the important subject of cat boxes.

  4. NewEnglandBob
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what the temple smelled like when it was first opened? 2000 year old cat urine could be devastating.

  5. CTC
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Bastet is especially neat if you’ve read Gaiman’s treatment of her in the Sandman books. A wonderful, tragic figure.

  6. Doc Bill
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ll have to read this later because my cat wants his dinner.


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