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Bastet

The goddess of cats, Bastet, may have had her beginnings in the Libyan Desert. Because Bastet is affiliated with ISIS she becomes the Soul of Isis, yet as a goddess of music and dancing, Bastet is related with HATHOR The SISTRUM, which they bear as one of their characteristics, is their worship object.

Per-Bast (modern Bubastis), the Delta-based cult city of Bastet, is referred to in the Bible as Pibeseth (Ezekiel 30:17). The name Bastet, which translates as Woman of the Base-Jar or Special Jar, holds Perfume Associated with Her Festivals, is written with the bass jar (bs) and a loaf.

BASTET (BAST) Beloved cat goddess of the Egyptians

Beloved cat goddess of the Egyptians

Bastet was referred to as "Goddess of the North" during the Old Kingdom, and in King UNAS's Pyramid Texts, she serves as the king's mother and nurse. Bastet took up the role of Lady of the East when SEKHMET, the lion goddess, was designated Lady of the West. Bastet is shown in early artwork as having a lion's head and being related to the goddess MUT, who also has a lion's head. She is claimed to be PTAH's wife and the mother of the lion-headed god MATHES.

Similar to Sekhmet, Bastet is capable of being both sweet and violent. Her connection to Sekhmet exposes Bastet's vindictive and violent nature. According to one interpretation of the narrative, Bastet is the sun god Re's daughter who, when asked to defend her father, transforms into a raging storm.

The most popular way to depict the feline goddess Bastet is as a cat-headed lady with a sistrum and an aegis. Bastet became a well-known home goddess because cats were common household pets in ancient Egypt. The eye of Re (Pat Remler photograph). She obeyed Re's commands as a responsible daughter and served as the vehicle for her father's retribution.

By the conclusion of the NEW KINGDOM (1550–1069 B.C), Bastet had established herself as a well-liked domestic goddess. As the goddess of the hearth and the protection of expectant mothers, Egyptian households welcomed her into their homes. She was referred to as the goddess of abundance and mistress of pleasure, and her festivals were well-known. As Bastet's fame spread, her religion gained notoriety for its opulent celebrations, some of which were known as the Procession of Bastet, Bastet Protects the Two Lands, Bastet Goes Forth from Per-Bast (her city), Bastet Appears before Re, and the Festival of Hathor and Bastet. These happy events included days of dancing, music, and fun all around Egypt.

When they travelled to the Festival of Bastet, the followers of the goddess are vividly described by the Greek historian Herodotus. Men and women ride together, and there are numerous people of both sexes in each boat, as the Egyptians journey to Bubastis, [the city]. During the entire voyage, some of the ladies shake holy rattles (sistrum, pl. sistra), and some of the men play pipes, while others sing and clap their hands. Some of the ladies yell and clap at the local women as they travel through towns, while others dance and cause a commotion. Every village on the Nile practises this. They start the holiday with significant sacrifices when they get to Bubastis, and more wine is drank during this celebration than at any other time of the year.

The Histories, Book II, Chapter 60 of Herodotus

cat goddess of the Egyptians

The worshippers marched up to the temple, chanting and playing tambourines and drums. Others danced through the streets while carrying sistra, or religious rattles. The opulent temple of Bastet, according to Herodotus, was situated in the middle of the city on a high area, making it easily visible from all directions. Around the shrine was a TEMENOS wall with numerous animals painted on it. A tree grove was erected in the interior courtyard.

Bastet was so well-known that the Greeks linked her to their own goddess Artemis. Ovid, a third-century Roman poet, claimed that the goddess Bastet could transform herself into a cat and makes reference to her in his work Metamorphoses. Bastet was most frequently shown as having a cat's head and a woman's body and donning a long, tight sheath-style garment with large decorative bands over the shoulders. In addition to her sistrum, the goddess is holding an AEGIS, a talisman that looks like a wide collar necklace with a cat's head, in her other hand. She is occasionally seen holding kittens at her feet, adding to the idea that she is associated with love and family.

A new term, pronounced meow, the sound a cat makes, was used in ancient Egypt to describe kittens. Children were referred to as now-Sheri, small cat, and it evolved into a name of love. Visitors came to Bastet's temple from all across Egypt to make tributes to the goddess. They left amulets, mummified cats, and bronze figurines since the cat was devoted to Bastet. In the location of Bastet's temple at Bubastis, underground crypts containing thousands of cat mummies have been found.

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Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

Your Egypt Tours is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.

It usually varies according to the type of tourist trip in Egypt, but the average cost for spending one week in Egypt is 1600 USD including visiting alot of tombs and temples and sailing on a 4 or 5 stars Nile cruise.

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation. From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.

It is usually hot and sunny. winter falls between November and January, and the peak of the summer months is between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert. Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country's interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Luxor and Aswan, popular tourist destinations on the banks of the River Nile, is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.

There are many things to do in Egypt during your visit depending on your interests and character. Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority if you are a history and culture lover. You must visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan. You can visit the city of Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy many activities there such as diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, or swimming. You may like to go on a safari trip in the western desert if you are an adventurer. Many other activities are available in every single Egyptian city

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby. So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it's really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal: www.visa2egypt.gov.eg

Your Egypt Tours travel agency recommends two weeks so that you can enjoy the temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan, explore the sights of Cairo, and relax in the Red Sea islands and nature reserves.

There are many Nile cruises. Not to name one but your choice depends on many things to put in mind such as the number of nights you want to spend on the cruiser, your budget, and the standard of the Nile cruise. We recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for a private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people. Most cruises have. There is another way of cruising the Nile, which is the Felucca boat. It is traditional and charming but it is cheap as long as it will be ok to sleep on the deck exposed to mosquitos and most of these boats do not have a toilet

The best time to visit Egypt is generally from October to April where it is suitable for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
 

Egypt travel usually have guided tours to archaeological sites, museums, and historical landmarks. Also have optional activities may include hot air balloon rides over Luxor, snorkeling in the Red Sea, or desert safaris.
 

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