"A warrior shaman received a vision from the panther goddess Bast, who led him to the Heart-Shaped Herb, a plant that granted him superhuman strength, speed and instincts. The warrior became king and the first Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda."

Bast is a Psychopomp goddess worshiped in Wakanda.


"For Bast's sake! Just drive!"
Black Panther[src]

According to Wakandan legend, when the five tribes fought for control of Wakanda, a warrior shaman received a vision from Bast, which led him to the Heart-Shaped Herb, granting him the power to become king and the first Black Panther.[1] In Wakandan mythology, when the soul of a man reaches the afterlife, it is brought by the goddess Bast and Sekhmet to a mythical green valley, where it can run freely and in peace for all eternity.[2]

King T'Chaka believed in this myth, while his son T'Challa did not, until he met his father in the Ancestral Plane.[1]



  • In the comics, Bast was the protector of the Panther Clan and is also referred as the "Panther God". She was the one who gave Bashenga, and to the rest of his lineage, the power of the Black Panther and the control over Wakanda.
  • Historically, Bast is an Egyptian cat goddess connected with the sun, then the moon in the Ptolemaic era. She was initially depicted as a lionness, then as a domestic cat in latter stages of Egyptian history.


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