Anonymous asked: Hello! Would you be so kind as to help me straighten out some perceptions about Set? I've been having difficulty figuring out what his personality and attributes are like since there are many differing accounts of him in history. From what I gather, he used to be a really well-liked, positive deity that became villainized when one sect overtook another, and a lot of peoples' UPGs focus on the quote-unquote "evil" or hateful or destructive aspects of him in their worship. But I've been (cont)
(cont) wondering if that was something that has to be swallowed bones and all by people interested in worshipping Set? Since he wasn’t necessarily always seen, historically, as an aggressive god, could someone see him in a different light and still be worshipping Set? I don’t mean to bash those who see him as aggressive or even say that those qualities are bad at all, but it feels to me like there are two different Sets historically and I’m not sure how to reconcile it. Thank you so so very muchA little bit about Set’s history:Set has always been an aggressive deity. He has always been tied to war and chaos and destruction, even from Pre-Dynastic times. He’s always been “in your face”. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have good qualities and beneficial qualities to him, but I would not feel comfortable saying that Set was once peaceful or passive (that’s his Brother, tbh) and then turned “bad”.He was a popular deity in Pre-Dynastic times, his primary cult centers were in Upper Egypt in Ombos/Naqada. His popularity took a huge dip during the Second Intermediate Period when the Hyksos invaded. They seemed to really like Set, and so they did a lot for him. However, the people didn’t seem to care for the Hyksos (because who likes people who take over your country), so when the Hyksos fell, Set’s cult status did with them.He received veneration in the 19th Dynasty- the Ramessides. They did a whole lot for him, but after the 19th Dynasty ended, Set’s reputation completely got shattered. He is a deity of outsiders, so it makes sense that perhaps the Egyptian people would not take kindly to all of hte outsiders invading their country in the later periods. So Set’s popularity tanked and he eventually got equated with a/pep.As for modern worship, some people do still fear him. Some people think he’s a type of Satan, but I am not one of those people. Kemetics try to emphasize that he is dangerous (as are all of the gods), but that he is necessary change. He may burn your house to the ground, but its usually because he wants to help you build a better house. Even if we don’t want the destruction, that is his primary focus. He smites down a/pep, he wipes out the entropy in your life. He fucks your shit up so that you can make your shit better.There are other groups (such as Temple of Set) that also work with him. It’s been a while since I’ve read up on ToS, but when I last read up on their approaches, I felt like they were taking him out of his context and ignoring a lot of the religious structures that were set in place in AE, and so in a way, they were missing the point of what working with Set is like. Set is a member of a larger pantheon, he has a place and a role and a function, and he operates within that role. He’s not a deity that will necessarily do what he wants just because he wants to for no reason at all.If you want to learn more about Set, I recommend these links:
my aunt tried to make heart shaped cookies and they all came out looking like tiny penises im laughing so hard
I think you mean cockies.
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The Kemetic fandom needs to see this.