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People are always trying to fully classify human nature, most of the time as a reason to explain some of our

weirdest traditions and behaviors. In the most primitive of states humans have always been intrigued by the idea of sex, having physical and/or emotional encounters with somebody you're attracted to. In the modern day, sex has become more of a physical act as opposed to the highest form of emotional involvement which was the perception in ancient times. Emotion, whether present or not is the biggest part of what we describe as human nature . In another area of emotion we loo! at a concept people are all to familiar with, revenge. "hether in ancient times or in modern times revenge has been a very large driving force in our actions, in some cases revenge can change our entire perspective about a person or thing. #hroughout our lives we are constantly learning lessons about how we should control our emotions and use rational thin!ing. $ow loo!ing bac! to ancient times once again, these cultures worshiped gods and goddesses that they believed were divine. #his passage opens up the homosexual episode between %eth and &orus, the setting is set with %eth wanting to have sex with &orus. &orus then alerts his mother of %eth's intention and later on in the passage it becomes evident that &orus has e(aculated into %eth when in court the sperm spea!s inside %eth's body. )n interesting area of analysis was how the Egyptians depicted their gods as emotionally and mentally primitive. #his is seen in a previous story when %eth tries to murder *siris, &orus' father, in order to ta!e the throne. &orus clearly isn't holding a grudge because after %eth, his uncle, murders his father and the two have a huge war to decide who is ruler of Earth they are able to have sexual encounters. %o the Egyptians here see sex as almost a casual act and also depict their gods as emotionally absent. In contrasting to this with other myths, +ree! mythology sees creation as something that only happens by the gods when they have an intention to create. ,or example, %eth and &orus are able to create without any intention and yet the +ree! gods create only when they mean to. ) comparison with +ree! mythology is the emotional absence the gods have especially when it comes to their fathers. #his is seen in the constant shift of power from father to son, especially between -eus and .ronos. #he entire concept of this essay is premised on a conclusion drawn about the emotion, revenge. #o preface everything, one must loo! to the story of The Contendings of Horus and Seth which are written on the /hester 0eatty Papyrus. #he story begins with %eth 1also reffered to as %et 2 who is (ealous of his brother *siris that rules all of Egypt, the (ealousy is triggered by a perception that *siris is more loved than %eth is. However, Set was always jealous of Osiris, because he did not command the respect of those on earth or those in the netherworld One day, Set transformed himself into a vicious monster and attac!ed Osiris, !illing him Set then cut Osiris into pieces and distributed them

throughout the length and breadth of "gypt# #his murdering of *siris leads to %eth bcoming ruler of Egypt and then ma!ing his sister $ephtys his wife. )fter &orus reali3es that %eth has murdered his father an epic battle is waged to decide who will become ruler of Earth since *siris is now ruler of the underworld, being that he is now dead. In the end &orus defeats his uncle and becomes supreme ruler of the Earth. %o now one would thin! that after a huge almost apocalyptic4li!e battle &orus would continually punish %eth, as one does with the enemies he has defeated in battle. 5nfortuantely this is not so, what actually occurs between the two dieties is not a sense of revenge but a sense of love, and a sense of love far beyond the common love felt between uncle and nephew. #he homosexual episode between %eth and &orus after the battle and murder of *siris occur is what is leading to the conclusion of a culture that depicted its gods as emotionally and mentally primitive. #he 6uestion that presents itself is how could one person be able to share a sexual relationship with the murderer of his father7 Perhaps the Egyptians were (ust trying to show that the gods didn't really have any morals or values and therefore (ust always have their most superficial needs in mind. 0ut then the 6uestion begs itself as to why a culture would want to worship gods and goddesses that were selfish and emotionally and mentally very primitive. 0ut this primitive depiction can also be seen in the mythologies of other cultures such as the +ree!s, this is shown clearly in &omer's Iliad. In &omer's Iliad )pollo and )phrodite are the patron dieties of the city of #roy but after the #ro(an "ar is over then they are able to live amongst the *lymians once again as if nothing happened. #he conclusion of mental and emotional absence could possibly be drawn becuase of human nature , the actions of the gods are so pu33ling to us because we cannot find it in ourselves to do what they are doing. #his feeling of humans not being able to do what the gods do is what possibly the ancient civili3ations were trying to show as to why the gods and goddesses are divine in the first place. #he fact that they are able to sort out their problems when the time comes and afterwards be able to let go and continue to lve a life that benefits themselves could possibly be the very components that ma!e them divine, this emotional and mental behavior is what could be the seperation between human and diety, between god and man. %o in the end, maybe our interpretation of what is emotionally and mentally orimitive could actually be a misinterpretation on what ancient civili3ations wanted to depict as emotionally and mentally very advanced. #his ta!es us bac! to how in the eyes of the gods sex is treated as merely a physical act, but most humans see it as the highest form of emotional exchange which could show that we are loo!ing to deeply into an act that is supposed to be physical. %o with the hypothesis of emotionally and mentally primitive dieties maybe in the end they are actually emotionally and mentally a lot more advanced because they are able to ta!e things for what they are and nothing else. #he gods
8 #he %tory of *siris, Isis and &orus9 #he Egyptian :yth of /reation, middle of the first papyri

and goddesses not having to hold grudges is possibly an example of showing us that we shouldnt live our lives holding grudges or emotions of anger to long becuase in the end these emotions destroy us. )s a last area of analysis I would li!e to loo! to how creation wwas depicted by the gods. In +ree! :ythology -eus is able to create his children through intentional conception with &era or any other woman 1)thena isnt considered conception becuase she was produced asexualy2, but in Egyptian mythology %eth unintentionally creates the life in sperm which is what is used to in the end persecute him in front of the Ennead. %o the 6uestion that is repeatedly as! while comparing the two literatures is why are gods and goddesses able to create unintentionally in Egyptian mythology7 #he asnwer can possibly be found in the root of all of ancient Egypt's culture which is the creation story. #he creation story tells us how the first form of life came out of a lifeless, infinite sea. #his means that life itself was unintentionally created so maybe the assumption here can be made that the Egyptians saw life as such a great force that it spawned itself whenever it saw fit to put forth the (ust, in this case the sperm was able to show %eth's dishonesty. %o maybe the concept of life was seen by the Egyptians was seen as something much higher than any god or goddess, that could happen intentionally as with the conception of &orus from *siris and Isis, but it could also happen unintentionally when it was used to bring (ustice. In conclusion, we have seen how the nature of both human mentality and emotion influenced how the gods were depicted so that they could exhibit characters far beyond our understanding which is what made them so divine in the end. "e were able to examine through the homosexual episode between %eth and &orus that in the gods' eyes it is best to set old problems aside and only loo! to the present and future. "e also examined how creation may seem to be unintentional in our eyes, but in the eyes of these ancient cultures life was made to be a concept greater than even gods themselves becuase in the end (ustice would always prevail. #he overlapping theme here is concepts that go over our understanding, concepts that give us a reason to see these gods and goddesses as divine becuase they thin!, feel, and live in much more advanced way than us and that in the end these ancient cultures only wanted us to strive to be li!e them, sexual and forgiving.