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bes statue from amanthus, cyprus, roman copy of an archaic model (istanbul archaeological museums)
major cult center
bes (s/; also spelled as bisu), together with his feminine counterpart beset, is an ancient egyptian deity worshipped as a protector of households and, in particular, of mothers, children and childbirth. bes later came to be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad. bes may have been a middle kingdom import from nubia or somalia, and his cult did not become widespread until the beginning of the new kingdom. worship of bes spread as far north as the area of syria, and later into the roman and achaemenid empires.