The Legend of Horus and Set
by V.H. Frater D.M.A.
After the slaying of Osiris by his brother, the evil
god Set, Isis enlisted the help of Nephthys and Anubis to reconstitute
the body of Osiris. All of the scattered pieces of Osiris were found save
his penis, which Isis then fashioned out of pure Gold. Once the body of
Osiris was completely reassembled, Isis layed down with Osiris with the
purpose of producing a son to avenge the death of her brother and husband
Isis then went to Ra and intoxicated him with the wine of the Gods to
receive from him his secret name, Horus, so that she may give this name
to her son. In giving the child the secret name of Ra he would have the
power of the Visible sun, and the Blood of the Hidden and Secret sun.
This lineage of both night and day would ensure that he would be victorious
and any battle against darkness that he would come across.
Set, hearing of this child, became furious and swore to kill any newborn
male he came across. Isis bore Horus in secret promptly hid him away in
a lotus flower. She told him to keep silent and think of nothing but her
voice, and she would return when the time was right for him to emerge
from the lotus. Isis was afraid that Set would find Horus prematurely
and kill him, but Horus knew nothing of fear, Horus knew only the voice
of his mother, Isis.
The time came, when the rest of the Gods came forth and demanded that
a new king take the throne of the Slain Osiris. Isis proclaimed that Horus
was the rightful heir to the thrown, but Set demanded that Horus was too
young to hold the throne and that he should reign as the brother of Osiris.
Isis went and got Horus out of the lotus flower and brought him before
the rest of the Gods. There was much debate among the Gods. Thoth agreed
that Horus should reign on the throne, but Ra sided with Set. Neith, the
Mother, was consulted and she said that Horus would reign on the throne,
but that she would double that everything Set owned as payment for his
loss of the throne. Set would have no part of this arrangement. Set demanded
that the he and Horus battle for the throne, being confident in himself
that he could kill the child Horus. Ra continued to side with Set, while
the rest of the Gods agreed with Neith in her judgment.
Set took off after Horus and demanded a contest for the throne. A series
of contests were held including turning themselves into hippopotami and
seeing who could hold their breath the longest and other such trivial
challenges. During one challenge, Set plucked out the left eye of Horus.
Thoth restored Horus’s eye and told him that this was the Light
of the Moon. In another challenge Set sent a darkness over the right eye
of Horus. Hathor poured some of her milk into Horus’s right eye
and said this is the Light of the Sun.
Again, the other Gods declared that Horus would be the king. Set demanded
one more contest, however. Set invited Horus outside to battle. After
a short time Horus came back into where the rest of the Gods were with
Set dragging behind bound in chains. Horus bound Set to a spike before
the Gods and slew him. Set was defeated. Osiris was Avenged.