The God of The Uncontrolled Power, Seth

Seth plays the role of the antagonist of the good gods or the villain in the ancient Egyptian mythology who was always defeated at the end of every battle in spite of his great stregnth. He was known as the god of storms and winds and was often connected to the desert that was a symbol for the death place. He was the husband of Nephthys and the father of Anubis, the jackal-headed god of death, but his wife was supporting Isis against him. In the early period he was worshiped by the people of Upper Egypt who regarded him as the beneficent god who helps the dead and the protector of the solar boat who walks before it and attacks Apophis.

Seth was often depicted as a man with the head of an animal and a forked tail in his back and other times as an animal and always colored in red. Most of the time one finds it associated with serpent, crocodile, ass, pig, and fish. The only kind of sacrifice that was presented to him was the red oxen. Seth occupied a good position in the 19th and 20th dynasty and this is clear from the paintings on the walls of the Valley of the Kings in which he appears learning Thothmes III how to use the arrow and the bow. Most of Seth's statues have been destroyed by the passage of time, but there is still a statue in Cairo Museum that presents both Seth and Horus crowning Ramesses III, and some drawings in Kom Ombo, and at Edfu that narrates the story of his war against his nephew Horus.

Seth villainy was motivated by his jealousy from his brother who was the god of corn and vegetation that made him puts his brother in a coffin and sends him to an unknown place till his death. And when his wife Isis, who suffered a lot in her attempts for protecting her son from Seth, found the body he cut it into pieces. When his nephew Horus grew up, he managed to defeat him and all the temples that were built for the worship of Seth were destroyed by the order of Horus.
Seth is described in the book of the dead as a god with vicious nature since his birth and there are many myths that highlight his villainy. For Instance, when he united with Apophis, the enemy of Ra whom he was responsible for attacking, and began to attack the solar boat in order not to prevent the sun from coming to the world in the morning using his weapons including clouds, mists, rains, and darkness. There are other information about the battles between the good gods like Ra and Thuth against Seth and he was usually defeated at the end. Of special interest is the myth narrated by Herodotus highlighting the power of Seth where he says that one day Seth went to visit his mother Nut in her temple after being away for a long time but the guards prevented him from entering because they did not know him. This enraged him to the extent that he equipped an army and destroyed the walls of the temple. Then a group of priests wanted to place a golden statue for Seth inside the temple, but other group of priests prevented them and they quarreled together and some of them were killed. Herodotus says that this was a mock battle that was planned as a part of a religious festival.

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