The name of the Egyptian god or demon Bes (Copt. BHC; Gk. βησας) occurs in the personal name bēsāy in Ezra 2.49, cf. Neh. 7.52. In Egypt this divine name was also often used as a personal name.
The god or demon Bes was represented as a bandy legged deformed dwarf or more precisely as a lion-man (Romano 1980). His ugly human face, his animal hair or manes, ears and tail are indeed more likely those of a lion than of a human dwarf. He dances, plays musical instruments s…