By Barbara Waterson
Last updated 2011-02-17
Seth, the Red God, god of the desert and promulgator of thunderstorms and violence, was represented as an animal, of a kind not yet identified by Egyptologists.
He has the graceful body of a greyhound, but with a long, stiff, forked tail and square-topped ears unlike any of the canine family. The pig, the donkey, the hippopotamus, the okapi and the desert oryx are all animals that have been identified with him.
Seth was both the brother and the murderer of Osiris; and was the perpetual rival of Horus, son of Osiris. He was one of Egypt's oldest deities, and the Egyptians had an ambivalent attitude towards him. They feared him for his capacity to do harm, yet admired his strength and ferocity. The Greeks equated him with the monster Typhon.
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