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Photographer Kenneth Garrett talks about the story behind these images (below).

A Theological Melting Pot A Theological Melting Pot

“Even a god that might have lasted through much of 3,000 years might have evolved during that time and have multiple forms. So that’s why if you pick up a book on Egyptian gods, it’ll be hundreds of pages long.”
—Photographer Kenneth Garrett

Bes was part of an Egyptian pantheon that numbered close to a thousand at one time. God of festivities and protector against evil spirits, he showed that theological diversity could flourish in ancient Egypt without tearing apart its faith-based civilization.

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Photograph by Kenneth Garrett,
Egyptian Museum, Cairo
NGM October 1999
From Treasures of Egypt, 2003

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Kenneth Garrett

Kenneth Garrett is a freelance photographer who specializes in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures. He has photographed archaeological subjects worldwide for National Geographic and is responsible for more than half the images featured in Treasures of Egypt. “Each time I start a new story, it’s the thrill of the chase all over again,” Garrett says.
Garrett on Egypt
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