Study Guide

Bes Sightings

Sightings

Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Deir el-Medina

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)

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Divine Conception

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)

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Chronicle of Events by Ammianus Marcellinus

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.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Life of Moses

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.

Dec 21, 2019

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

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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