Set /sɛt/ or Seth (/sɛθ/; also spelled Setesh, Sutekh, Setekh, or Suty) is a god of the desert, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion. In Ancient Greek, the god's name is given as Sēth (Σήθ). Set is not, however, a god to be ignored or avoided; he has a positive role where he is employed by Ra on his solar boat to repel Apep, the serpent of Chaos. Set had a vital role as a reconciled combatant. He was lord of the red (desert) land where he was the balance to Horus' role as lord of the black (soil) land.

In Egyptian mythology, Set is portrayed as the usurper who killed and mutilated his own brother Osiris. Osiris' wife Isis reassembled Osiris' corpse and resurrected him long enough to conceive his son and heir Horus. Horus sought revenge upon Set, and the myths describe their conflicts. This Osiris myth is a prominent theme in Egyptian mythology.

Murder of Osiris

Set was most famous for the murder of his brother Osiris, specifically cutting him into pieces and tossing them into the Nile, before Osiris then awoke again.

Symbols of Set

Set was the symbol of drought, perversity and famine. He was feared most Egyptians but was an image they had to come to terms with, seeing as some Chaos will come around in ones life.

Preceded by:
Pharaoh of Egypt
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In Popular Culture


  • Set is featured in the information book Worlds Worst Monsters and Villains.
  • Set is the main antagonist of the Rick Riordan novel The Red Pyramid. He tries to destroy the mortal world by turning it into a desert.


  • Set is the antagonist of the 2016 action film The Gods of EgyptHe murders Osiris and steals Horus' eyes. 


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