Episode #88 – The Lioness Way

Prophecy Radio episode #88 gets back to Egyptian mythology by doing a Deep Dive on everyone’s favorite cat goddess, Bast. Plus, we tackle all the latest Riordanverse news, including the possibility that we could be getting a Chalice of the Gods sequel. This week, we also return to The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by tackling chapter 12 and facing off with the scorpion deity Serqet. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and we keep our discussions PG-13.

News and updates (00:01:30)

Deep Dive: Bast (00:17:04)

  • We’re super excited to talk about Bast, and—by association—Callie!
  • We’re already starting off on rough footing because we don’t actually know the origins of her name.
  • It makes a lot of sense that Bast is associated with Artemis.
  • Weirdly enough, she started off as a lioness goddess of the SUN, not the moon.
  • She’s got some pretty recognizable family members.
  • Bast has a lot of important roles in Egyptian society, which explains why she was so popular.
  • Shoutout to Brendan Fraser in The Mummy!
  • There seems to be some connection between Bast and alabaster.
  • What symbols are usually associated with her?
  • We didn’t expect to see the word aegis again!
  • Her transformation from a lion goddess to a domesticated cat goddess is super interesting.
  • Can we not name deadly asteroids after the enemies of the sun god?
  • Ancient Egyptians really, REALLY loved cats.
  • Bubastis is such a cool name for a city, and it sounds like it was a fun place to hang out, too.
  • Is it weird that an important component to Bast’s temples was water?
  • Karen wants more information on the festivals of Bast because they sound amazing.
  • It makes so much sense that Bast is the first deity we really get to know in The Red Pyramid.
  • Will she end up fighting Apophis?
  • We hope Bast sticks around for all three books!
  • Sources: Wikipedia | WorldHistory.org

Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid discussion (00:41:15)

  • This week, we’re discussing The Red Pyramid chapter 12!
  • Serqet is, like, SUPER creepy…but also a little awesome?
  • Why is Sadie so drawn to help Zia, who is clearly holding her own just fine?
  • How did Sadie know about the Seven Ribbons of Hathor?
  • Regardless, Zia must be pretty powerful to be able to wield them.
  • We wonder if Sadie’s powers come from her mother and if it’s a female lineage kind of thing.
  • We already know who we want to play Bast in the Red Pyramid Netflix film.
  • Kristen tries to make scorpions even scarier than they already are.

Feedback (00:57:32)

  • Thank you, Rachel, for sharing a picture of your cat!

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 89, in which we’ll discuss The Legend of Glynn Turman, and then read The Red Pyramid chapter 13!

This episode’s hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz.

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