It must have been meant to be that on my last day in Egypt, at the Temple of Dendara, when I needed something to cheer me up, I met Bes.
Bes, is not a person but a little, grotesque statue of an ugly, fat, and bearded gnome who is sticking out his tongue, with prominent genitals. I couldn’t help but laugh when I was told that he is the God of Good Humour worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians.
Obviously he hadn’t lost his magic, because when I left the temple my nostalgic sadness about leaving the next day was gone.
But besides cheering people up he also was the protector of women and children, and often a statue of Bes was present when a woman gave birth – (certainly a time when you need all the help you can get).
Maybe if WE had a God of Good Humour we would all feel better?
More from Egypt soon