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Bes was an ancient Egyptian deity known as the protector of households, women in labor, and the newborn. He was depicted as a dwarf with a lion-like mane and often shown dancing.

When the first Phoenician settlers arrived on the island of Ibiza in the 8th century BCE, they were surprised by the absence of venomous snakes. They believed that the god Bes resided there and named it ʾībošim, meaning "island of Beš."


The Romans later adapted the island's name to Ebusus, which eventually became the current name, Ibiza. It is a remarkable historical coincidence that the god who came to symbolize music, dance, and sexual pleasure in Ancient Egypt gave his name to the globally renowned island of Ibiza.



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