The role of the Egyptian god Bes is to watch over humans in their daily lives. He protects humans against evil forces, evil spirits and dangerous animals. Bes scares off all the forces of evil with his grotesque dances and hideous grimaces, but he also brings joy, entertainment and good humour. He protects sleep and guarantees quiet nights and peaceful rest by removing all hostile powers. This god is the protector of women in childbirth over whom he watches during pregnancy.
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