Day 3 of 30 days of Set

Symbols of Set.

Sha: Set’s main symbol and totem is the Set animal or Sha.  It is the creature that makes up the head of Set’s most common form.  No one actually knows what this thing is and theories range from an alien to a dog.  My personal belief is that it is a hybrid. The modern depiction of the animal is a red or black,sleek animal with an upright, forked tail. It has a long, down-curved, snout and pricked, squared off ears.  Early depictions displayed a tufted tail.

sha_animal

Wild Asses: Members of the horse family, Set was depicted as a wild ass or more specifically an onager. This was probably introduced during the Hittite invasion.  The Hittites inhabited the same range as the onager used to and used hybrids to pull their war chariots.(Full blooded onager wouldn’t take their crap) There where four subspecies of onager, one, the Syrian Wild Ass, has been hunted to extinction. (Source_Wikipedia

Swine: The Black Pig was a form Set took to eavesdrop on Horus and Ra.Because of this the black pig became sacred to him. This caused the pig to be associated with bad luck by many, so much so that people did not marry off daughters to swineherds.. Despite this, farmers used them to help separate wheat from chaff (Ancient Egyptian Bestiary)

Antelope: Antelope are generally desert dwelling herbivores of various sizes that range from Africa to Asia. They are know for speed and agility. The White Oryx/Arabian Oryx and Scimitar Oryx. are especially sacred to Set.The Scimitar Oryx  and a now extinct hartebeest were actually bred in captivity in Ancient Egypt to use for sacrifice and meat.  The Scimitar Oryx is considered extinct in the wild.

Hippopotamus:  The hippo is a large, amphibious, herbivorous mammal  known for aggressively defending its territory and young.  .At some point Set took the form of a white Hippo during his fight with Horus. .

Crocodile: Specifically the Nile Crocodile is sacred to Set though more commonly associated with Sobek..

Scorpion: Scorpions are nocturnal arachnids.They posses a stinger to inject venom that can either kill or hurt.  Usually the larger the scorpion the weaker the venom. Usually they are associated  with Selket(thou Scorpion would be more accurate) and the protection of Horus.

Bull: It’s aggression and strength made it a symbol of Set.

Lettuce: Set’s favorite food, especially cos/romaine.  Used by Horus to trick everyone  into thinking he penetrated his uncle instead of the other way around.  It is also considered a symbol of sexual prowess.

Sedge grass: Sharp swamp plant. The most famous type is papyrus.  Symbol for lower Egypt

Nile Carp: Was believed to have eaten Osiris’ penis after Set cut him to pieces.

Elephant nose fish. Nocturnal fish believed to have eaten Osiris’ penis.

Oxyrynchus: Another fish that ate Osiris’ penis.

Was Scepter: carried in almost every image of the gods this scepter was a symbol of power. It was also topped with the head of the sha.

Gazelle: A type of antelope.  The kind depicted are generally Soemmering and Dorcus gazelle.

Persea tree,Griffen, Serpopard, Hyena,

Maybe lapwing and fly

Sources http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/timelines/topics/index.html#country

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/set.htm

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