Beset, often described as a lioness-Demon, is the female counterpart of Bes, but their relationship is unclear. Is she his sister, his consort, his daughter, or his feminine path? Beset is often found in the company of Taweret, Bes’ official consort. They all seem to get along and may all be petitioned and venerated together.
Beset’s image appears on amulets. Artifacts associated with her have been found among papyri containing magic spells. She is associated with spell-work and rituals involving snakes, possibly snake charming. Well-worn masks of Beset have been uncovered, believed used in shamanic ritual.
She resembles a feminine version of Bes. Usually appearing naked, her gender is quite clear. A wooden figurine with movable arms found in a tomb beneath the Ramesseum in Thebes depicts Beset holding metal snakes (or wands in the form of snakes).
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.