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SET
Also known as SETEKH, SETESH, SETH, SETI, SUTEKH

A picture showing the legend of SET taken from our Egyptian mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Egyptian Gods, Egyptian Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

Chaotic God of Anarchy. Also handles War, Storms and Deserts

His nickname is The Red God, but whether this is politics, hair color or sheer embarrassment it's difficult to ascertain.

He's a bit of a mix and match, with donkey ears, a scorpion tail, and the head of a mysterious Egyptian aardvark. He can also turn up as a hippo with the jaws and tail of a crocodile.

But one thing's for sure: SET's a nasty piece of work. In fact he's the God of Evil Chaos, and loves nothing more than creating mayhem.

Not content with constantly messing up the peaceful farms of OSIRIS, he finally lost his temper and killed him.

But not even scattering the remains far and wide could save him from retribution. HORUS son of OSIRIS came seeking vengeance and the battle lasted eighty years.

Not one to fight fair, SET tore one of HORUS's eyes out, but HORUS went straight for the testicles. (If you think that's disgusting, you should read MIN's entry which has in-depth coverage.) The other Gods cheered and awarded him the victory, banishing SET to the upper realms of RA where he became the voice of thunder.

He hasn't mellowed with age. If he enters the body of a human he can drive them mad. We're not surprised. It doesn't bear thinking about.

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Article last updated on 25 March 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT SET : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : SET
Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : SETEKH, SETESH, SETH, SETI, SUTEKH
Popularity index : 2960

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