Ancient Egyptian God Seth, God OF Evil and Chaos:
Seth was the ancient Egyptian god of chaos and represented everything threatening the nation's harmony. He was the brother and husband of Nephthys and the brother of Isis and Osiris. His cult is believed to be the oldest in Egypt, and Seth seems to have had plenty of mayhem attributed to him. Over time, the concept of Seth changed in Egypt as initially, he was known as a beneficial god who lived in the blessed realm. It's said that at first, Egyptians prayed and worshipped Seth so that he would take care of the dead family members, but over time, he became seen as much more evil. Nonetheless, Seth continued to be worshipped for his power and ability to create chaos and violent force.
Various Forms Of Seth
Usually, Seth was depicted as a man with the head of an animal known as a "Seth animal" and had a tall nose, rectangular ears, and a thin canine body with a long, forked tail. This animal's body had fur tufts shaped like inverted arrows. Most images of Seth show him holding an ankh in one hand and a staff in another. The staff was a long staff with the head of a Seth animal on top and forked at the bottom.
Seth was also illustrated as different animals, like the antelope, the boar, the ass, and the crocodile. He was also associated with poisonous creatures like the scorpion, snakes, and sometimes a hippopotamus.
Seth was the personification of drought, as. He opposed everything that bore life as lord of the desert and drought. Egyptians also knew him as the god of war and storms. Seth was linked with the planet Mercury and the color red. Thus, people hated people with red skin and even killed animals with red fur because they thought they were related to Seth and his influence.
The Power Of Seth
It’s believed that Seth was among the two gods who gave pharaohs power and authority and was thus greatly respected for his chaotic powers. Some kings were named after him, and many others used the Seth animal as their emblem to demonstrate their dominance and frightening power.
In Egypt, two main festivals are linked to the worship of the god Seth. One is among the five intercalary days celebrated just before the New Year starts. The five days were marked as the birthdays of the five Osiranian gods. The second festival in his honor was a ritual reenactment of Horus’ defeat of Seth.
Templates of Seth
Tukh or Ombos is one of the centers where the god Seth was worshipped. Most of the temple is now destroyed, but the remains date to the New Kingdom period. A giant scepter was found here, dedicated by Amenhotep III to Seth, and is said to be the largest scepter object ever found in Egypt. Another center of worship was Avaris, the capital of the Hyksos people. The Hyksos people worshipped Seth as a powerful storm god.
Artifacts Related To Seth
Images of temples are the most common artifacts associated with Seth. The images also illustrate the many myths linked to him. The wands in the temples of Seth are believed to be dedications to the god made by pharaohs and Seth worshippers.