One of my favorite - and most misunderstood - dieties is Seth, or Set, the god of chaos, storms, and war (and sometimes of evil) of Egypt. Most stories will tell you that, out of envy over his power and prosperity, Seth killed Osiris, and Osiris and Isis’s son, Horus, killed Seth when Seth tried to assassinate the boy off of his throne.
What the legends tend to leave out is that Seth was infertile (symbolic of his reign of the barren desert), and that his wife, Nephthys, went to Osiris and bore a son (Anubis). This was part of what enraged Seth so, and he slew his brother. Isis mated with Osiris’s remains and Horus came of that.
At this time Seth was fighting Horus for the throne, and Isis used trickery to end this. Disguised as a beautiful young woman, she went to Seth and told him that an evil man killed her husband and took their farm from them. She asked Seth what he would do. He became angry at the man in the story, saying he would kill that man, or banish him forever - and thus he condemned himself, and he was banished to the desert forever.
Seth is misunderstood, and you have to do some real research to get the full story. He may have had a temper, but his sisters were his downfall.
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