So I decided to make a devotional necklace for Sutekh. I have chosen 7 of Set’s reported epiphets and painted wooden pearls to symbolize them.
I admit this was not entirely my idea. My girlfriend made a similar necklace for Loki which inspired me. I liked the idea of wearing a devotional chain as a ritual act. It fits perferctly into the concept of heka. And besides I always liked rosaries and malas. When I was still working with Dzogchen mantras and I found a chain very useful to sing the mantras.
- The golden one is for “He-of-Gold-Town (Nubti)”. It also stands for the sun god who is protected by Set because he fights the serpent A/pep who threatens the sun as the ultimate giver of life.
- And the pink one is for “Disturber” with the hieroglyph for “disturbing/destroying”. The pink also refers to the fact that Set tried to seduce Horus and thus his homosexual orientation which is unique among the Egyptian gods. And the hieroglyph itself refers to his rough and destructive aspects.
- The black one with the hieroglyph for “strength” is for “Great-of-Strength”. The black refers to “khem”(=black) as in Kemet. The hieroglyph is basically the buttocks of a lion 🙂
- The dark red color has the hieroglyphe for wine (jars) on it and represents “The One Who Causes You to be Drunk”
- The dark blue with white spots and the big white star is for “Lord of the Northern Sky” The big star is also the hieroglyph for “star”
- The red one has the red Deshret crown on one side symbolizing “Lower Egypt” since Set was the Lord of Lower Egypt and on the other side I wrote the hieroglyph for the “foreign land/desert” (land of the hills) since Set is also associated with the everything foreign. The red color refers to “The Red Lord / Lord of the Desert”
- The cloudy-greyish one with the yellow hieroglyph for “rainstorm” is for “He-Before-Whom-the-Sky-Trembles” since Set is the god of storms and thunder.
When I am not wearing the necklace I place it on Set’s shrine. And he seems to like it a lot… 😉