have been identified with the methods used by tribal societies when initiating their young men intq warriorhood. In the Egyptian context, however, it seems that this titanic clash between the two gods may have served as a metaphor for the role of male sexuality in the cult of the warrior-king. Accordingly it was Horus, the eventual victor, and not Seth who was regarded as the divine protector of the reigning pharaoh.
Granite statue of Horus, Edfu. Horus, whose father Osiris was slain by Seth, is often represented as a falcon-headed man. Here, however, the god is depicted as a falcon, his ba or physical manifestation. The bloody struggle between Horus and Seth symbolizes the constant battle between good and evil. (Esther Carre)