Bes was a dwarf god that believed that he needed to guard the misfortunate
from the evil spirits. He was said
to be very ugly and grotesque. Bes is depicted having a large
head, bushy tail and bowed legs. People say that his appearance was to
scare off the evil spirits that had stayed around them. He bore swords
and knifes (to ward off the evil spirits) and a musical instrument, which
he created a den to frighten them off.
He aided a hippopotamus goddess
taweret in childbirth.