Books and Where to Find Them

As many recons will tell you, academic books are important to our research about the Gods/Goddesses we honor and how to worship them today. There are a few ways to get ahold of these wonderful books and articles.

Purchasing Them

You can purchase them from publishers’ websites such as Peeters Publishers or IFAO or Brill.com.

Amazon.com: You can find great deals on used books or even lower prices on new books here.

Eisenbrauns has period sales on academic books especially from the Near East including ancient Egypt, Assyria, Palestine, as well as Judaic and Biblical sources. They have an email list you can sign up for to be alerted to their periodic sales.

Book Depository has good prices on used books and they have free shipping worldwide. This is especially useful to people in Australia or other places where the cost of shipping makes it difficult to buy things from overseas.

AddALL.com is a great place to bargain shop. They put the prices of books in a list from various sellers such as Amazon, Half-Price books and other places. They also have a place to buy used or out of print books: Used AddALL.

Powells is another place to buy used books.

Other Options

Academia.edu is a great site to find articles posted by academics on various subjects. You have to sign in through Facebook or Google or affiliated with a university to have access.

Jstor has a free option where you can add up to three articles in a certain amount of days, before you can add three more articles to your queue. Some of the articles you have to purchase to read. Some cost $10.00 usd and others are more.

Free Options

Your Local Libraries. Ask your local library if they have the book or can obtain it through Inter-Library Loan.

Borrow from a friend.

So, where do you get your academic books? And what books do you have that are your favorites?

I’d love to hear from you! Keep researching and reading!

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Link: Isis and Bread

Here is a great post about divine bread and the Goddess Aset/Isis by Isidora Forrest, Priestess of Isis and author of Isis Magic and Offerings to Isis.

Here is the post: The Divine Bread of Isis.

And now I’m hungry for garlic bread!

I also have an update! I have a few more pages left to translate Aset’s epithets from the LAGG! I’m on page 76 and I need to get to page 78 (I skipped ahead and already did most of 78-81). I’m almost done! Yay!

Bast-Mut: About and Offerings

Bast means “she of the ointment jar” or “devouring lady” (1). She is a lioness goddess of protection, the sun, the home and an Eye of Ra. She was the fierce lioness in some myths of the Distant Goddess. Later in the Greco-Roman Period, Bast became depicted as a domestic cat.

She was honored with her consort Ra-Atum (or Atum-Ra) and her sons Heru-Hekenu (Horus of Praises) and Ma’ahes (Mihos) at her Temple of Per-Bast (Bubastis). In Memphis, her consort was Ptah and her son was Nefertem. As the syncretic Goddess Bast-Mut, her consort was Amun-Ra and her son was Khonsu.

Bast’s syncretic forms are Bast-Mut and Sekhmet-Bast.

To learn more about Bast go to these websites Per Bast and the wikipedia entry here Bast Wiki Entry.

There is also a book about Bast called Bast, Cat Goddess of Ancient Egypt by Linda Illes. Just a note, the author does not cite sources.

And here is a great song to Bast by Catfolk: Bast Within and ShefytBast’s songs to Bast here: Songs to the Netjeru.

Offerings to Bast-Mut

Liquid Offerings
Water
Beer
Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon; Pomegranate-Wine)
Milk
Mead
Tea

Food Offerings
Beef
Chicken
Duck
Red Meat
Pastries
Chocolate
Vegetables
Fruit
Bread

Non-Food Offerings
Scents: Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Vanilla
Light: Red or gold candles
Colors: Red, White or Purple (especially as Bast-Mut); Green and Gold as well.
Flowers: Red Roses, flowers in general

Taboos
None.

Sources

1) Siuda, Tamara. The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. Stargazer Design, 2009. page 62.

Pinch, Geraldine. Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses and Traditions of Ancient Egypt. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Joyce Tyldesley. The Penguin Book of Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt. (Penguin 2011), 196-197.

Golden of the Valley, Lapis of the River
This is Shefyt’s blog which is dedicated to Bast.

Bast Wiki Entry
The Bast entry at the Wepwawet-Wiki.