måndag 15 oktober 2012

Set: Camera Obscura

Seth, the Egyptian god most associated with evil, is depicted in many guises: a black pig, a tall, double-headed figure with a snout, and a serpent. Sometimes he is black, a positive color for the Egyptians, symbolic of the deep tones of fertile river deposits; at other times he is red, a negative color reflected by the parched sands that encroach upon the crops. Jeffrey Burton Russell suggests that “it is possible that the redness of
Seth helped make red the second most common color, after black, of the Christian Devil.”

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