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This relief, from the funerary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, for example, depicts Min’s harvest festival. Later, the reason that the Moon was not as bright as the Sun was explained by a tale, known as The Contendings of Horus and Seth. The two gods, Horus the Elder and Horus the son of Osiris and Isis were confused, so Set changed from being an equal to his brother, Horus the Elder, to the enemy of Isis's son. Smithsonian Institution. When they first introduced a set order of courses, the meal included a salad at the beginning to stimulate the appetite and also at the end to encourage digestion, according to author Gil Marks. Privacy Statement Her work also appears in OutsideOnline.com and Esquire.com. Because Set has performed a “labor of a male against him,” Horus cannot rule over anyone. Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on lettuce which was Set’s favorite food. Note: 1.3.04 is the standard version of English 1.3.04L is the Localization version which need you to do translation by yourselves. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. Fixed the bug that the MinRSSI is set to zero when selecting clear telemetry data; 3. Seth returned according to his daily habit and ate the lettuce, which he regularly ate. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. It was still considered a medicinal goldmine by the Greeks and Romans, but for a different reason than the Egyptians—they believed it helped people sleep. Seth snuck up and gouged out his nephew’s eyes, burying them in the ground. Horus places his hand between his legs, catches Set’s semen and throws it into the river. In this scene, we can extrapolate that virility is synonymous with dominance. The encounter puts Horus in danger, because in Egyptian tradition semen is a potent and dangerous substance, akin to poison. (Case in point: a young god getting buggered by the uncle who killed his father, and then sneakily feeding him his sperm on lettuce leaves — aww, you just have to read it to believe it.) According to Papyrus Chester Beatty I, the conflict between Horus and Set happened to be a series of bouts, such as when they transformed into hippopotamuses and submerged themselves into the water to see who could last the longest, to Set removing Horus’s eyeballs as he slept. The only way to remedy the situation is for part of his essence–his liquescent power–to come out as well. 10) Seth assaults Horus ‘between his thighs’, H catches the semen, Isis cuts off his hand. The god, often pictured with an erect penis in wall paintings and reliefs was also known as the “great of love” as he is called in a text from Edfu Temple. The earliest version of the greens resembled two modern lettuces: romaine, from the French word “romaine” (from Rome), and cos lettuce, believed to have been found on the island of Kos, located along the coast of modern day Turkey. Lettuce has been harvested for millenia—it was depicted by ancient Egyptians on the walls of tombs dating back to at least 2,700 B.C. The gods first listened to Set's claim of dominance over Horus, and called his semen forth, but it answered from the river, invalidating his claim. As you may or may not know, Horus is one of the most important gods out of the entire Egyptian pantheon. Set tries to insert himself into Horus’ thighs, similar to how a man would ease into a woman, in order to assert his superiority by mounting Horus. In other words, Horus cannot be ruler of Egypt because he had been covered in sperm like a woman. Whoa whoa whoa, wait a second. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. It became said that the Sun was his right eye and the Moon his left, and that they traversed the sky when he, a falcon, flew across it. Isis retaliated by putting Horus's semen on lettuce-leaves Set subsequently eats. Main Office: (734) 764-9265 Out of all foods, why would it be lettuce instead of chocolate or oysters, which are said to stir sexual arousal? Though the argument was usually over which of the two had the rightful claim to rule Egypt, one rather odd battle involves lettuce. Set, on the other hand, was the god of the desert, disorder, and violence. 2. According to one myth Set attempts to disgrace Horus by being the active partner in sex with him but on his mother's advice Horus catches Set's semen in his hand and takes it to his mother who puts it on Set's favourite food - lettuce - which Set then unknowlingly eats. He's also accepted a homemade pizza and a package of Hostess "HoHos..." (*Rolls eyes* He's like that. Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food. Known as the god of the sky and war and hunting, Horus is often depicted with having a human body with a falcon head. The Ptolemaic king stands before Min, the ithyphallic god of fertility, and offers him the eye of Horus. Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo who specializes in Ancient Egyptian food explains Min’s part in lettuce history. Advertising Notice The gods first listened to Set’s claim of dominance over Horus, and call his semen forth, but it answered from the river, invalidating his claim. “Horus [then] tricks Set by basically spurting his sperm and throwing it into a lettuce plant, ” Ikram says. The gods first listened to Set's claim of dominance over Horus, and call his semen forth, but it answered from the river, invalidating his claim. Both Horus and Set left the Funeral Parlorin Cairo behind with Set last being heard from in San Francisco in 1906 before the earthquake. or She let out a loud shriek, seized the copper (knife), cut off his hand(s) that were equivalent. Horus is recorded in Hieroglyphs as ḥr.w and is reconstructed to have been pronounced *Ḥāru, meaning "Falcon". In fact, if one were to cut a lettuce leaf in half, a whitish, milky substance would ooze out of it. California Do Not Sell My Info Horus places his hand between his legs, catches Set’s semen and throws it into the river. MQR receives support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, “Lettuce and Kings: The Power Struggle Between Horus and Set”. Under Domitian’s reign, as the story goes, the ruler would force his guests to eat lettuce before the meal so as to make them struggle to remain awake for the remainder of the visit. 20.63MB: DOWNLOAD: 2019-03-15: 1.3.03: 1. Because Set eats the semen-covered lettuce, in the eyes of the gods, Horus was dominant—at least until the next battle. Towards the end of the story, both Horus and Set appear in front of Thoth, who was another deity known to handle godly disputes: Said Set: “Let me be awarded the office of Ruler … for as to Horus, the one who is standing (trial), I have performed the labor of a male against him.”. Horus came over to America with Mr. Ibis, Bast, Set, and Mr. Jacquel. At the center is a statue of Min. Thoth put his hand on Set’s shoulder and said: “Come out, you semen of Horus.”, Then it said to him: “Where shall I come from?”, Thoth said to it: “Come out from his ear.”, Thereupon it said to him: “Is it from his ear that I should issue forth, seeing that I am divine seed?”, Then Thoth said to it:”Come out from the top of his head.”, And it emerged as a golden solar disk upon Set’s head. Horus proceeded to steal Set's testicles, causing Set to lose virility and strength. Set then ate the semen-covered lettuce, and so Horus (rather than Set with his first ‘attack’) bacame sexually dominant over his uncle. The trial had been going on for some time, almost eighty years!. K. Annabelle Smith is a writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico who covers a wide variety of topics for Smithsonian.com. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. In fact, the Eye of Horus is a symbol that represents divine protection in the ancient Egyptian religion. 12) Seth eats the lettuce; in magic ordeal, each to summon his semen. Set laid with Horus in sexual intercourse, thus proving his dominance, but Horus managed to twist about and catch his semen before it entered him, throwing it into the river. Horus (or Isis herself in some versions) then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food. The Egyptian god of fertility, Min, was said to have had an extreme love for lettuce. Care to guess what that reminded people of? Image courtesy of Flickr user kairoinfor4u. The gods first listened to Set's claim of dominance over Horus, and call his semen forth, but it answered from the river, invalidating his claim. 17th Annual Photo Contest Finalists Announced. Homosexual Incest and Semen-Covered Lettuce. Once Horus came of age, Isis admonished him to protect the people of Egypt from Set’s avarice. The followers of Horus triumphed over those of Set, thus resulting in Set’s demonization. The Greeks and Romans later popularized the leafy veggie as an appetizer during the 81-96 A.D. reign of Domitian. Search the archive for over fifty years of fiction, poetry, essays, and more. So without further ado, let’s go back thousands upon thousands of years ago to the great civilization of ancient Egypt. “Horus tricks Set by basically spurting his sperm and throwing it into a lettuce plant, ” Ikram says. The opponents were the Ancient Egyptian God Horus and the Ancient Egypttian God Seth. It’s one thing to have semen caught in your hands, but to actually ingest becomes of grave consequence. Horus spends most of his time as a hawk eating roadkill. Subsequently, Horus secretly masturbates, and deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favourite food (the Egyptians thought that lettuce was phallic, since Egyptian lettuce … Because Set eats the semen-covered lettuce, in the eyes of the gods, Horus was dominant—at least until the next battle. Therefore, when Set ate the lettuce, he unknowingly ingested Horus’s semen as … Then she fetched some fragrant ointment and applied it to Horus’s phallus. Learn how your comment data is processed. The semen comes out of Set himself, and he becomes the laughing stock of the gods! Thoth calls, "Come out, you semen of Horus." Fall 2020: A Special Issue on Persecution. Give a Gift. Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food. Lettuce. — corrected thanks to feedback from reader joelfinkle) (While we’re talking etymology, raw lettuce dishes known as herba salata (“salted greens”) gave rise to the English word “salad.”) Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book provides further options for what the lettuce milk of the “ithyphallic god of increase” may represent: Lettuce was sacred to him because of the “straight vertical surge” of their growth, milky juice they exude which could be taken as a symbol of mothers milk or semen. Lettuce’s scientific classification lactuca sativa, is derived from the Latin word for milk and shares the same root as lactose, the sugar enzyme found in dairy products. You can read the myth.). The first of these depictions appeared around 1970-80 B.C. From the Gree… With his sister-wife Nephthys, he fathered the gods Anubis and Wepwawet. He had already been ruled. But in Ancient Egypt around 2,000 B.C., lettuce was not a popular appetizer, it was an aphrodisiac, a phallic symbol that represented the celebrated food of the Egyptian god of fertility, Min. Continue The original name also survives in later Egyptian names such as Har-Si-Ese literally "Horus, son of Isis". Soon he went to the court with his charge of homosexuality, and the court at first laughed at Horus God for his supposed weakness. The semen comes out of Set himself, and he becomes the laughing stock of the gods! However, Horus places his hand between his thighs and catches Set's semen, then subsequently cut the hand off, throwing it in the river, so that he may not be said to have been inseminated by Set. There is an urge that needs to be met and through with either one–or more–of our orifices, we are able to become full. She took some of his semen and dropped it on some lettuce (henceforth a symbol of sexual potency). Set then asked the gods to bring the semen forth from the ‘impregnated’ one, to humiliate Osiris’ son. Your email address will not be published. For this post, I will be discussing the royal intrigue between two gods, Horus and Set. Overnight, they grew into lotuses. “Botanical No. Don’t worry, Horus was able to regain his eyes with the help of a mistress named Hathor. Thoth took it away from him and placed it as a crown upon his (own) head […], And so Set took a great oath by [the] god as follows: “He shall not be awarded the office.”. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. Set then asked the gods to bring the semen forth from the ‘impregnated’ one, to humiliate Osiris’ son. According to legend, when the goddess Isis was pregnant with Horus, she had to hide from her brother Set because he was hungry for the throne, even killing her husband Osiris to usurp it. The leaves had a greenish blue color and were often removed from the plant due to their bitter taste. Terms of Use A trial was taking place in a court. According to one view, Set became associated with the Hyksos invaders who conquered the Nile Delta and therefore, by the time of the Second Intermediate period, Set had become regarded as a malevolent deity. In ancient Egypt, lettuce was not considered a part of one’s salad but rather, an aphrodisiac. According to a text on the Edfu Temple, the lettuce was able to help Min relentlessly perform. She caused it to become stiff and inserted it into a pot, and he caused his semen to flow down into it. Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food (the Egyptians thought that lettuce was phallic). THE TRIAL. He then secretly spread some of his own seed on a plate of lettuce, which he fed to Set, who was still a guest in his home. When you think about food and sex, it may seem bit a bizarre to link these two together but their end goal is the same: satiation. Horus and Isis's next plan was to 'impregnate' Set with Horus' semen. (Ed. For women, the vitamin stimulates our cycles and for the men, it assists with sperm production, and  of course, virility. Michigan Quarterly Review, founded in 1962, is the University of Michigan’s flagship literary journal, publishing each season a collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and book reviews. Set returned according to his daily habit and ate the lettuce, which he regularly ate. Horus places his hand between his legs, catches Set’s semen and throws it into the river. * On the relief of his funerary temple, Ramses III partakes in a harvest festival in honor of Min. Set… “One of the reasons why associated the lettuce with Min was because it grows straight and tall—an obvious phallic symbol,” Ikram says. Horus went to tell his mother Isis: “Help me, Isis, my mother, come and see what Set has done to me.” And he opened his hand(s) and let her see Set’s semen. By Coptic times, the name became Hōr. [Horus wins the kingship and Seth is compensated] Horus, son of Isis, was brought, and the White Crown was set upon his head and he was installed in the position of his father Osiris. As a description it has also typically been thought of as having the meaning "the distant one" or "one who is above, over". Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food. SET God of Chaos Later Egyptians interpreted the myth of the conflict between Set and Osiris/Horus as an analogy for the struggle between the desert (represented by Set) and the fertilizing floods of the Nile (Osiris/Horus). Lettuce oil was a standard in the Egyptian materia medica and even today is used as a traditional remedy for hair regrowth. Image via wordpress. 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According to some texts, Set's semen enters Horus's body and makes him ill, but in "Contendings", Horus thwarts Set by catching Set's semen in his hands. Thoth removed the disk and placed it on his own head. It is not through might or political acumen that Horus regains the throne, but rather, through his loins. But the story takes an erotic turn soon afterwards: Now afterward, (at) evening time, bed was prepared for them, and they both lay down. Required fields are marked *. When the butt of modern Romaine lettuce is cut off, a similar substance oozes from the plant and gives it a bitter flavor. Let Horus, son of Isis, be summoned and be awarded the office of his father Osiris." Get the best of Smithsonian magazine by email. The judicial power of the court was the Sun God Re and the contenders Horus and Seth were there to contest who had the rightful claim to the throne of Egypt after the death of Osiris. As Set ejaculates, Horus places his hands between his thighs and catches his semen, which is then thrown into the Nile. Through his phallus, Horus was able to give Set his comeuppance but it was by food that the plan was carried to completion. Now, Researchers Found Another, Renewing Hope for the Species, Medieval Chinese Coin Found in England Suggests a Vast Medieval Trade Route, Ancient Humans May Have Tossed Meaty Scraps to Wild Wolves, Boosting Domestication, Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman, The State of American Craft Has Never Been Stronger. Set seems to like spicy burritos (make sure they have sour cream and lettuce, because it references a myth where he ate a salad covered with Horus's.... Well ah. in the The White Chapel of Senusret I, though there may be earlier examples, Ikram says. Let Set’s semen be summoned that we may see from where it answers, and my own be summoned that we may see from where it answers.”, Then Thoth, lord of script and scribe of truth for the Ennead, put his hand on Horus’s shoulder and said: “Come out, you semen of Set.”, And it answered him from the water in the interior of the marsh. Min is also sometimes depicted wearing a long, red ribbon around his forehead that some say represents sexual energy. The next day, Horus (or his mother Isis) plots to inseminate Set. 10, 1859: Cucumber Asparagus Turnip Pepper Potato Lettuce.” Vilmorin Seed Co. Lithograph. And Isis added the semen of Horus onto it. Tired from decapitating his mother, Horus went to sleep on the mountaintop. Thereupon he became pregnant with the semen of Horus. Vote Now! Ancient Egyptians used the lettuce differently than those who would come later. Instead of being part of a meal, the seeds from the bud of the flowers were harvested and pressed for their natural oils which were used for cooking, medication—even mummification. Lettuce and Kings: The Power Struggle Between Horus and Set Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. His mother spreads powerful unguents on Horus' penis, after which he ejaculated into a jar, and they spread it on some lettuce, a favourite aphrodisiac to the ancient Egyptians. By Coptic times, the name became Hōr. Furthermore, lettuce is replete with vitamin A which bolsters both the male and female reproductive systems. This relief from the funerary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu depicts the festival of Min. According to Papyrus Chester-Beatty I, as interpreted by Ikram, Set at one point tries to overpower Horus by seducing him and then having intercourse with him. It was adopted into Greek as Ὡρος Hōros. Unbeknownst to Set, he ate lettuce along with Horus’ semen, where it was held in his body as in a woman’s body for conception. 11) Isis takes semen of Horus and impregnates the lettuce that Seth loves to eat. I warned you the story would get real really quickly. The plant was believed to help the god “perform the sexual act untiringly.”. *See K. Annabelle Smith’s piece, “When Lettuce was a Sacred Sex Symbol,” at Smithsonian.com. Another interesting lettuce-related story in Ancient Egypt, not for the faint-of-stomach: In Egyptian history there are many battles between the Egyptian deity Horus and Set, the god of the desert. Horus and Set binding the plants of Upper and Lower Egypt. 0576 Rackham Building Isis at morning time went carrying the semen of Horus to the garden of Set and said to Set’s gardener: “What sort of vegetable is it that Set eats here in your company?”  So the gardener told her: “He doesn’t eat any vegetable here in my company except lettuce.” And Isis added the semen of Horus onto it. Image courtesy of KerrisdaleGallery.com. As experimentation on my part, I will be starting a blog series on food and sexuality in literature beginning in chronological order (as best as I can). Its cute and its fun and occasionally crude in good-spirit.) However, Horus places his hand between his thighs and catches Set's semen, then subsequently throws it in the river, so that he may not be said to have been inseminated by Set. Cookie Policy Set became exceeding furious and extended his hand(s) to seize the golden solar disk. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 But during the night, Set caused his phallus to become stiff and inserted it between Horus’s thighs. When Seth unwittingly ate the seed of Horus God in a salad, he became pregnant by his nephew. Thereupon he became pregnant with the semen of Horus. H’s Sun disk emerges above Seth’s head. The original name also survives in later Egyptian names such as Har-Si-Ese literally "Horus, son of Isis". He is the son of Geb and Nut, and is the brother of Osiris, Isis, Her-ur, and Nephthys. (It is unclear whether the lettuce’s development in Egypt predates its appearance on the island of Kos.) This was achieved by having Horus’s semen spread over some lettuce, which was supposed to be Set’s favorite vegetable. Horus is recorded in Egyptian hieroglyphs as ḥr.w and is reconstructed to have been pronounced *Ḥāru, meaning "Falcon". Set was born of the sky goddess Nut and the earth god Geb. It was adopted into Greek as Ὡρος Hōros. Optimize the speed of lua script. Search the archive for over fifty years of fiction, poetry, essays, and more. He is part of the Ennead. Another theory suggests that there was a battle between the followers of Set and those of Horus at some point in time. He was told: "You are a … When Horus has Set’s semen in his hands, it demonstrates that he has been defiled by another man’s essence, so much in fact that his mother has to cut off the hands altogether. Michigan Publishing maintains a free, online archive of past issues of Michigan Quarterly Review. Pleasure. 915 East Washington Street In this myth, lettuce, an ancient aphrodisiac, is the tool used to submit Set to Horus’s power. Behind him, a procession of priests holds a small garden of lettuce. Horu… A golden disk appeared on Set's forehead, signaling his impregnation with Horus’ seed and ultimate defeat. From this tale, we see how food and sexuality are two sides of the same coin, working alongside one another to bring out a certain purpose–in this case, political ascendancy. He’s often depicted with a long snout, as you can see from the image to the right. A procession of priests carry large stalks of lettuce–phallic symbols, tall and erect. mqr@umich.edu. “ Sobek is known as “the raging one” who “takes women from their husbands whenever he … 1.3.04SC is the version of Simplified Chinese . In this tale, it was said that Set, the patron of Upper Egypt, and Horus, the patron of Lower Egypt, had battled for Egypt brutally, with neither side victorious, until ev… Set is an Egyptian god of deserts, storms, disorder, war, violence, and foreigners. Keep up-to-date on: © 2021 Smithsonian Magazine. Horus then took an oath by god as follows: “All that Set has said is false. 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