Bast is the anthropomorphic cat-headed goddess of Egyptian mythology, patron of the moon, cats, women, and secrets.
Bast was once a major goddess, but the loss of her believers over time has significantly reduced her powers. She accompanied Anubis and Bes as representatives of the Egyptian pantheon to petition for the Key to Hell during Season of Mists. Bast is quite flirtatious with Dream when she appeared in the Dreaming and seems to have a history of attraction to him which ultimately came to nothing. He sometimes goes to her for advice or companionship. Dream is almost affectionate with her, and in her own words, she adores him.
- Bast is the DC Universe version of the goddess Bastet.
- Bast has also appeared in issues of Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl. She is one of the chief goddesses worshiped by the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall. Another incarnation of the goddess appeared in Gaiman's novel American Gods.
- The goddess was also known by other names including Bastet, Basthet, Boubastis Ubasti and Pasht.