Symbolized by lions, knives, bells, drums, and rattle, this unattractive little god was the protector of childbirth, who entertained the newborn baby. He was worshipped in Abydos, gateway to the underworld.
A member of the Fool-Shaman brotherhood, Bes resembles the other Egyptian deities not at all. The most startling difference is that he is never shown in profile, but always face on. Egyptians often kept his ugly image at their door to frighten away mischievous spirits.