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Bastet, Sobek, Wadjet
Social Studies 6-6
January 19, 2012
“Wadjet, Sobek, Bastet”
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Wadjet, Sobek, and Bastet were Egyptian gods that all had something in common. They all had really weird heads. Sobek had the head of a crocodile, Wadjet had the head of a snake, and Bastet had the head of a cat. The ancient Egyptians were polytheistic, they believed in many gods. These were three that they worshipped.
Sobek brought fertility from the
waters, therefore the Egyptians had very fertile land it was easy for them to pick
and plant them. He had the head of a crocodile. He also symbolized the power of the pharaohs. He had many names like Sebek, or Sochet and his Greek name was Suchos. On his head, he often wore a pair or plumes. He was said to be the son of Neith. Neith was the goddess of war and weaving. Sobek’s city-state was El Fayun.
Wadjet had the head of a snake. Her sister was Nekhbet. Nekhbet was the protector of royal children and ruled Upper Egypt. Wadjet began as the local goddess of Per-Wadjet but soon became the local goddess of Lower Egypt. She was the daughter of Atum. She was described as an aggressive deity. She was worshiped at the temple of Wadjet known as Pe-Dep. She was the wife of Hapi. Hapi was the god of the Nile. Wadjet was the mother of Nefertem. Nefertem represented the sunrise. Wadjet and her sister both protected the adult of
Bastet had the head of a cat. She was the goddess of the moon and cats. She was the daughter of Ra. She was originally thought of with the head of a wild desert cat or a lioness. She was one of the eyes of Ra and had the title of an “avenger” god who is sent out to lay waste to all of the enemies of Egypt and her gods. She was said to be the mother of the lion headed god Mihos. She was the wife of Ptah. Her name means devouring lady. She was the protectress of women, children, and domestic cats. In Tell-Basta, there is a temple made of walls enclosing a grove of tall tree holding the shrine of the goddess.
Bastet, Sobek, and Wadjet were some of the coolest gods of ancient Egypt. They all had different powers that are all very unique in different ways. Sobek symbolized the power of the pharaohs and made the Egypt more fertile than it had been. Wadjet was the protector of royal children. Bastet was the goddess of the moon and cats. She was also the protector of women, children, and domestic cats. Together these gods made a great team and made Egypt a lot better place to live.
“Bastet” January 9, 2012
Micha F. Lindemans “Sobek” December 27, 1998
“Wadjet” January 9, 2012
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