Bast

Bast


Bast (Earth-616)

  In Necropolis. The Wakandan City of the dead. where Black Panthers go to die. And where you will rule. As king of the dead. Every Panther that has ever lived, their strength, their knowledge is now yours. Every battle fought. every battle won. Unbeaten. Unbroken. A crown of the unconquered. A king of kings. My champion. My Black Panther.  Bast [src]

The Sixties – Accidents in road traffic

The economic boom is not only associated with the high degree of motorisation. It is becoming more apparent that the increase in individual traffic in the Federal Republic of Germany is also creating problems. The figures of people annually killed in road accidents rises from just over 14,000 in 1960 to almost 20,000 in 1970. Traffic accidents become a top-priority subject. New vehicles enter the market. They are faster and require different roads. Traffic engineering grows in importance.

In 1965, the BASt is renamed the "Federal Highway Research Institute". From being responsible strictly speaking only for roads, it is now additionally commissioned with raising the performance of the roads and improving traffic safety.

Its tasks now include traffic medicine and road safety education, rescue and emergency services, winter road maintenance as well as vehicle testing.

In 1970, the BASt becomes the central point for road traffic accident research in Germany.


The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid

After Julius releases Isis, Horus, Set, Nephthys, and Osiris from the Rosetta Stone, Bast, still in cat form as Muffin, travels with Amos Kane, Sadie, and Carter to the Twenty-First Nome, Brooklyn. After an attack by the longnecks, Bast revealed her true identity to Sadie and Carter. Bast also defeated the longnecks. She was able to hold off Serqet in Manhattan long enough for the siblings to escape to the First Nome with Zia Rashid. She later rejoined them in Paris when the siblings went on the run from the House of Life and helped them travel to the Land of the Dead and later to Phoenix. She was forced into the Duat while fighting Sobek at the Rio Grande River, but managed to keep her host, Muffin, from harm. Later, as a gift from the gods, Bast is brought back from the Duat to help Carter and Sadie. Bast also has a knack to penetrate statues.

The Throne of Fire

Bast, along with Carter, Sadie, and Amos Kane, teach magic classes, as well as other classes such as Advanced Cat Grooming, and Napping. According to Carter, there was a waiting list to get into Napping. Bast went back to the Duat to check on Apophis. She told them a friend of hers (Bes) would be coming to watch them. She later told Sadie and Walt as they were travelling to find the final scroll of Ra that Apophis wants them to succeed in their quest. Sadie and Walt still refuse to abandon the quest and proceeded. She later joined them in the battle and afterwards when with Ra (her father) in his sun boat, as well as later when Anubis takes them to visit the gods she is their and it is quoted that "She looked as if she wanted to shred Horus like a scratching post". After Bes sacrificed himself to allow Carter and Sadie to continue, Bast, Carter and Sadie go back to Sunny Acres Assisted-Living Community (a place for old, lost gods) to visit him. Bes is in poor condition, all he does is sit in a wheel chair and stare out the window. Tawaret gets mad at Bast and yells at her that Bes's condition is her fault and that she used him. Bast felt ashamed for this happening to Bes.

The Serpent's Shadow

Bast continues to help guard Brooklyn House. She is relieved when Sadie, Carter, Walt, and their friends return from Texas alive and refers to them as her "kittens." Later, she goes to help defend the First Nome from Apophis and his followers and takes part in the battle against Apophis fighting him single-handed before help arrives. Bast fights all the way through the battle, holding on even when the other gods are defeated and holds him off long enough for the Kanes to destroy Apophis with the help of the restored Bes.

After Apophis is defeated and the gods distance themselves from the mortal world, Sadie and Carter speak to her outside the House of Rest, where she seems to express some regret about losing Bes to Tawaret. She shows Carter and Sadie an image of Horus taking his throne (much like Carter had done). Bast also explains that she cannot return with them to Brooklyn House because the gods need to stay distant from the mortal world and the kids have grown up enough that they do not need her around all the time, but that she is sure that they will meet again.


The cult of Bast originally sprouted up around the town of Bubastis, which takes its name from her. In her role as protector—not only of households, but of all of Lower Egypt—she guarded rural folk and nobility alike. She was often associated with the sun god, Ra, and in later times became a bit of a solar deity herself. When Greek culture moved into Egypt, Bast was portrayed as a moon goddess instead.

Her annual festival was a huge event, attended by as many as half a million worshipers. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, women attending the festival engaged in a lot of singing and dancing, sacrifices were made in Bast’s honor, and there was a lot of drinking going on. He wrote,

When Bast's temple at Per-Bast was excavated, the mummified remains of over a quarter of a million cats were discovered, according to the Encylopedia Mythica. During the heyday of ancient Egypt, cats were bedecked in gold jewelry and permitted to eat from their owners' plates. When a cat died, it was honored with an elaborate ceremony, mummification, and interment at Per-Bast.


17. Chauncey Billups

Like Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups also led his team to a championship and was crowned the Finals MVP. Billups was one of the players you can count on to shoot the three in clutch situations. He shot two unforgettable game-winning threes against the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks, earning him the moniker Mr. Big Shot.

Later on, he would even bank a game-tying shot from half-court which would send the Pistons to overtime against the New Jersey Nets.

There’s no doubt that Billups’ shooting is one of his greatest assets. In their Finals victory against the favored Lakers, Billups shot a clip-high 50% field-goal percentage, supplanted by 47% shooting from downtown and 93% from the free-throw line. After 17 seasons, he averaged 15.2 points per game with a 42% field-goal percentage and shot 39% from beyond the arc. The 5-time All-Star also ended his career with a high clip of 89% from the free-throw line.


6. Lyndon B. Johnson - 79%

Commonly known by the abbrevation LBJ, Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, serving from 1963 to 1969. His presidency began at a time when the United States had been thrown into a state of panic after the assassination of his predecessor, President John F. Kennedy. Lyndon is best known for continuing President Kennedy’s efforts for racial equality by campaigning for the passing of the civil rights bill, a move that saw his support from the Southern white population decline. President Johnson is also remembered for his administration’s passing of legislation which ultimately benefited the health and education sectors of the economy. In March of 1964, his approval rating hit an all-time high of 79%.


Our History

Bast Fibers LLC was started in November 2005 to take over the natural bast fiber business of Flaxcraft Inc.

Since 1961, Flaxcraft Inc. has been in the business of importing and marketing natural bast fibers, yarns and fabrics. The development of fibers for composite use began in 1998. During the last 14 years, a complete line of bast fibers has been developed to service the nonwoven, injection molding and thermoset markets.

Since these markets were quickly accelerating, Bast Fibers LLC was formed to handle the escalating demand for expertise and resources in the natural fiber field and to offer a U.S. inventory to facilitate the supply of these renewable fibers. Our rich history and decades of experience continue to set the standard in natural fiber applications, as we are constantly working to discover and develop fibers for the future.

The President of Bast Fibers LLC – Hugh S. McKee – has over 40 years experience in bast fiber growing, harvesting, processing and marketing jute, kenaf, flax and hemp fibers. He has traveled worldwide to source and develop bast fibers that can be integrated seamlessly into existing manufacturing processes. Flaxcraft Inc. continues to import and market yarns and fabrics.


Bast - History

Bast (known as “Bastet” in later times to emphasise that the “t” was to be pronounced) was one of the most popular goddesses of ancient Egypt. She is generally thought of as a cat goddess. However, she originally had the head of a lion or a desert sand-cat and it was not until the New Kingdom that she became exclusively associated with the domesticated cat. Even then, she remained true to her origins and retained her war-like aspect.

Bast personified the playfulness, grace, affection, and cunning of a cat, as well as the fierce power of a lioness. She was also worshiped all over Lower Egypt, but her cult was centered on her temple at Bubastis in the eighteenth nome of Lower Egypt (which is now in ruins). Bubastis was the capital of ancient Egypt for a time during the Late Period, and a number of pharaohs included the goddess in their throne names.

Her name could be translated as “Devouring Lady”. However, the phonetic elements “bas” are written with an oil jar (the “t” is the feminine ending) which is not used when writing the word “devour”. The oil jar gives an association with perfume which is strengthened by the fact that she was thought to be the mother of Nefertum (who was a god of perfume). Thus her name implies that she is sweet and precious, but that under the surface lay the heart of a predator. Bast was depicted as a cat, or as a woman with the head of a cat, a sand cat or a lion. She is often shown holding the ankh (representing the breath of life) or the papyrus wand (representing Lower Egypt). She occasionally bears a was-scepter (signifying strength) and is often accompanied by a litter of kittens.

Cats were sacred to Bast, and to harm one was considered to be a crime against her and so very unlucky. Her priests kept sacred cats in her temple, which were considered to be incarnations of the goddess. When they died they were mummified and could be presented to the goddess as an offering. The ancient Egyptians placed great value on cats because they protected the crops and slowed the spread of disease by killing vermin. As a result, Bast was seen as a protective goddess.

Evidence from tomb paintings suggests that the Egyptians hunted with their cats (who were apparently trained to retrieve prey) and also kept them as beloved pets. Thus it is perhaps unsurprising that Bast was so popular. During the Old Kingdom she was considered to be the daughter of Atum in Heliopolis (because of her association with Tefnut), however, she was generally thought to be the daughter of Ra (or later Amun). She (like Sekhmet) was also the wife of Ptah and mother of Nefertum and the lion-god Maahes (Mihos) (who may have been an aspect of Nefertum).

As the daughter of Ra she was one of the goddesses known as the “Eye of Ra”, a fierce protector who almost destroyed mankind but was tricked with blood-coloured beer which put her to sleep and gave her a hangover, stopping the carnage. As a result, she is linked to the other goddesses who were known as the “eye of Ra”, most notably Sekhmet, Hathor, Tefnut, Nut, Wadjet and Mut. Her link with Sekhmet was the closest. Not only did both goddesses take the form of a lioness, they were both considered to be the spouse of Ptah and the mother of Nefertum and during the feast of Hathor (celebrating man’s deliverance from the wrathful “Eye of Ra”) an image of Sekhmet represented Upper Egypt while an image of Bast represented Lower Egypt.

Bast was very closely linked to Hathor. She was often depicted holding a sistrum (the sacred rattle of Hathor) and Denderah (the home of the cult centre of Hathor in the sixth nome of Upper Egypt) was sometimes known as the “Southern Bubastis”. This association was clearly ancient, as the two appear together in the valley temple of Khafre at Giza. Hathor represents Upper Egypt and Bast represents Lower Egypt. One of her epithets was “lady of Asheru”. Asheru was the name of the sacred lake in the temple of Mut at Karnak, and Bast was given the epithet because of her connection with Mut, who occasionally took the form of a cat or a lion. Within Mut’s temple there are a number of depictions of the pharaoh celebrating a ritual race in the company of Bast. In this temple Bast is given the epithet “Sekhet-neter” – the “Divine Field” (Egypt).

She was also associated with the lion-headed goddess Pakhet of Speos Artemidos (cave of Artemis) near Beni Hassan. The cave was given the name because Bast (and her aspect Pakhet) was identified by the Greeks with Artemis, the hunter. However, the two goddesses were not that similar as Artemis was celibate while Bast was associated with fun and sexuality. However, the connection with Tefnut and Bast’s potentially warlike aspect probably contributed to this apparently strange connection. After all, even the smallest house cat is a skilled hunter.

The Greeks thought that Bast should have a twin brother, as Artemis had her brother Apollo. They linked Apollo with Heru-sa-Aset (Horus son of Isis), so Bast’s name was tinkered with to mean “soul of Isis” (ba-Aset) changing her into a form of this popular goddess. They also decided that Bast was a moon goddess, although she was originally considered to be the daughter of Ra and the “Eye of Ra”.


About Us

Bast Brothers Garden Center is a family owned and operated establishment. Owner-operator Bert Bast works with his wife Allison Bast to curate a unique assortment of locally grown annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs & indoor plants.

Stop in and say hi to owner, operator Bert Bast (the guy with the beard)! A carpenter by trade, Bert and his brothers & father refurbished the garden center and barn when the property was purchased back in September of 2014. His wife, Allie runs the behind-the-scenes operations - you can find her at the garden center on the weekends!

Allie and Bert


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