Bes Bes was often depicted as a bowed legged dwarf with a very large head and flat nose. He is usually bearded, with long shaggy hair and eyebrows and is shown with his tongue sticking out. He was normally represented full face whereas almost all other gods were drawn in profile only. Egyptologists believe that Bes was originally a foreign god adopted at some point by the Egyptian people, but is origin is uncertain. He was very popular with the common folk of Ancient Egypt and is sometimes called a household deity to reflect this. He is a god of amusement, pleasure, music, dance and a protector of children. In some depictions he plays a harp. A relief in the tomb of Hatshepsut illustrates Bes being present at her birth, so he was probably in some way connected with childbirth. His likeness was carved into mirror handles, make-up containers and the headboards of beds. The latter depiction was to provide the sleeper with protection from nightmares. His figure was sometimes drawn on a person's left hand in order to invite Bes into the person's dreams that night. For more information, see my Ancient Egyptian Dream Practices page. Like most Egyptian gods, Bes has a dual nature. He is very kind and beneficial to good people, but can be terrifying and destructive to those who are wicked. Not much information is available concerning his negative side. Other Gods ©2004 Fruit of the Nile. All Rights Reserved.