|One of the most popular cults in Egypt, in the Late Period, was the one to the cat-goddess Bastet.
In this period thousands of cats have been mummified to be sold to the pilgrims, who presented them to the goddess as an offer.
The bodies of the cats were dehydrated using Natron, this process was similar to the one used for human mummification.
They were then covered in bandages, with the paws parallel to the body.The example shown here is taken from the collection in the British
museum, and it illustrates very well the very elaborated standard for the preparation used for these sacred offerings.
Enormous cemeteries have been discovered that held thousands of these burials for animals.
The main centre for Bast’s cult was Tell Basta city.
Mummified cats of Flinders Petrie
In 1952, in the Natural History Museum in London, a chest full of objects that came from Egypt, was discovered.
They had been found in the excavations in Giza and had been given to the museum in 1907 by Flinders Petrie, unfortunately they didn’t have any information about their exact origin.
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