Bes: Lion

Bes: Lion
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Bes: protector of children and pregnant women (Lion)

Bes was one of the most popular deities of ancient Egypt. He has a strange, even ugly, appearance as a composite of a lion and a dwarf. Often his somewhat grotesque bearded face is shown with his tongue hanging out. His ugly appearance was intended to protect children and pregnant women from the evil forces of chaos. In ancient Egypt, ugly creatures were often protective—their frightening features were meant to scare off potential danger. He was often depicted holding knives, musical instruments, or the sa hieroglyph (protection). Bes first appears in the Old Kingdom, and by the New Kingdom he was one of the most popularly worshiped deities. His image can be found on jewelry, amulets, headrests, beds, mirrors, and many other objects used by ancient Egyptians in their daily lives.