She was the goddess of ancient Egyptian religion, worshipped as early as 3000 BCE. Initially, the goddess of warfare before the unification of cultures in ancient Egypt. c.945-715 BCE, Bast transformed into the major protector and deity represented as a cat. The name of Bastet has been suggested as ‘she of the ointment jar’, which seems apt considering how her name is written in hieroglyphs. It is depicted as an ointment jar, associated with protective ointments etc. I also found it fascinating how her name became associated with the lavish jars storing ointment to be used as perfume; ultimately depicted as the goddess of protection against contagion and evil spirits.
N, Spencer. (2007) The Gayer-Anderson Cat (Objects in Focus). Available at: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=153429&partId=1 (Accessed: 17 August 2018)
Why did I choose BASTET over the other 7 goddesses? I ultimately wanted to challenge myself and knew that the majority of my fellow peers would choose the obvious MOTHER EARTH. To grow as a designer means I will always endeavour to put myself out of my comfort zone. I was also tempted to choose the familiar route but something about these 4 ‘starter’ words, which had been suggested to research within the pre-arrival task, really piqued my interest. The 4 words were:
SYNONYMS: Embalm, Preserve, Wrapped, Shrivel, Dried Up, Desiccated
Cox, D. (2009) The Mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico. Available at: http://www.pinsdaddy.com/museo-de-las-momias-de-guanajuato_U5oHJBwWoXfz%7CcPJAfY8JbLPo7kaYObSdlwOLtxkoPCARduMVHQSWkVkfnfqmjxh%7CF5BSWRz6cRrHwgMlHg17A/ (Accessed: 17 August 2018)
SYNONYMS: Flexible, Elastic, Malleable, Yielding
Lyddon, D. (2013) Debbie Lyddon: Felt. Available at: https:/debbielyddon.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/felt/ Accessed: 17 August 2018)
SYNONYMS: Kingly, Queenly, Majestic, Splendid, Stately
Collection, The Royal. (2012) The Imperial State Crown. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/famous_monarchs/ (Accessed: 17 August 2018)
SYNONYMS: Defender, Guard, Watchdog, Patron
Gajus/Getty Images. (2015) Christianity Works. Available at: https:/christianityworks.com/fresh/jesus-will-protect/ (Accessed: 17 August 2018)
After much deliberation, I have decided to concentrate my initial research and idea bank primarily within one of the specific four words pulled from the Bastet ‘umbrella’. I have chosen to immerse myself within the world of the synonyms and connotations of the word MUMMIFIED. That’s not to say I will close myself off to the possibilities of the other 3 words and their synonyms but rather borrow as and when I need.
What is a Synonym? A synonym is a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or a phrase.
What is a connotation? An idea or feeling which a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
One of my passions in life has always been language and the power it can wield. Knowledge is power. Power is knowledge.
I will now explore the synonyms of Embalm, Preserve, Wrapped, Shrivel, Dried Up, Desiccated