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Bes Sightings

  • Deir el-Medina 2001BC - 1001BC

    Bes was painted in many houses in Deir el-Medina, an ancient village where the Pharaoh's craftsmen lived. He kept evil spirits from interfering in the workmen's business, protected women and children from these demons, and danced up a storm during festivals. (Source)

  • The Divine Conception 1601BC - 1401BC

    At her funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut brags about how the pantheon chose her mom to have Amun's kid. When the queen gave birth, Bes and his partner-in-crime, Taweret, helped the future pharaoh pop out. (Source)

  • The Chronicle of Events by Ammianus Marcellinus 401BC - 501BC

    Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus loved chatting about the early Christians. The philosopher Demetrius wasn't the best Christian, though, since he sacrificed to the oracle of "Besa" near the town of Abydos. Centuries might have passed, but Bes was still rockin' out in Egypt.

  • Life of Moses 400 - 601BC

    An Egyptian monk named Moses didn't lead his people out of the desert—he hung out there to pray. According to his resume, Moses drove out a demon from the "temple of Bes" in Egypt, which is ironic, since that was Bes's job in ancient Egypt. Mo helped Christianity triumph over the big, bad gods of ancient times.

  • The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan 2013BC

    In book three of the Kane Chronicles, Bes is often the life of the party. He does cartwheels to make the gods laugh, but he's in need of our hero's help to bring him back to full life.

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