Bes was an Egyptian god of the old Kingdom. Bes warded off
evil from family and childbirth. He protected pregnant mothers and their babies
from being cursed by bad spirits. Bes danced and sang to scare off any of the
bad spirits that may have wanted to curse the newborn child or pregnant mother.
Apparently Bes may have also helped increase the women’s fertility. Bes’s image
became a popular symbol of protection against evil and dancers and prostitutes
began to tattoo his picture on them because it was believed to protect from
demons and curses.