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Author Topic: Fish in Ancient Egypt  (Read 3541 times)

Fish in Ancient Egypt
« on: July 03, 2011, 05:08:01 pm »
I found this handy species list, for fish bones found at the Elephantine cemetery and at the Temple of Satet.

I was especially interested in the presence of Syndodontus catfish, being among my favorite aquarium fish.

I also found an article on King Catfish, the famous King Narmer, by a familiar author.  

Does anybody have any references to catfish being a symbol of Set?
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Offline Devo

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Re: Fish in Ancient Egypt
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 09:46:26 pm »
I've not seen any fish to being specific to Set. I've heard that fish could be his, specifically the fish that ate Asar's you-know-what. But nothing else, sadly.

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Re: Fish in Ancient Egypt
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 09:51:33 pm »
Em hotep *henu*

In the myth about Wesir's dismemberment by Seth it was believed thata catfish swallowed Wesir's penis after Seth threw it into the nile.
I guess that's where the catfish connection to Seth comes from

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Re: Fish in Ancient Egypt
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2011, 08:27:30 pm »
There is a fish that looks like it has Set's nose.  

It carries an electrical current, can swim upside down, is nocturnal, and very intelligent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormyridae

Oxyrhynchus is also the name of a city in Upper Egypt.

http://carlos.emory.edu/COLLECTION/EGYPT/IMAGES-EGYPT/egypt04L.jpg


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Offline Sora_1

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Re: Fish in Ancient Egypt
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011, 10:47:45 am »
OMG!!  That is an awesome fish.  And it does look like it has Set's nose!! :D

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Re: Fish in Ancient Egypt
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011, 04:32:24 pm »
wow that is interesting Seta O_o.
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Re: Fish in Ancient Egypt
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2011, 08:51:18 pm »
I used to keep mormyrids like that!   :o

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Re: Fish in Ancient Egypt
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011, 09:49:57 pm »
Love this thread!! Lolol. Thanks for sharing everything on here.
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