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date: 28 May 2020

Seth (Set, Sutekh) 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology

Timothy Darvill

[Di]Egyptian god, member of the Heliopolitan Ennead as son of Nut and Geb, brother of Osiris, Isis, and Nephthys, and husband of Nephthys. Represented as an animal with a long, graceful, greyhound‐like body, long, stiff, forked tail, and square‐topped ears unlike any of the canine family. His animals were the pig, the donkey, the hippopotamus, and the desert oryx. He was known as the Red God, god of the desert and thunderstorms; and above all as the murderer of Osiris. He was a very ancient god, not originally regarded as wicked, who gradually fell into disrepute during Egypt's long history. However, even as late as the 19th Dynasty, Sety I claimed him as his god, and he was a favourite with the kings of that period. The Greeks identified him with Typhon; and by Christian times, he had sunk in rank to an evil spirit or demon rather than a god.... ...

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