From the Wikipedia article on the Egyptian god Set:
"Set is a god of the desert, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion... Set is not, however, a god to be ignored or avoided; he has a positive role where he is employed by Ra on his solar boat to repel Apep, the serpent of Chaos. Set had a vital role as a reconciled combatant....
"In art, Set is usually depicted as an enigmatic creature referred to by Egyptologists as the Set animal, a beast resembling no known creature, although it could be seen as a composite of an aardvark, a donkey, a jackal or a fennec fox. The animal has a curved snout, long rectangular ears, a thin forked tail and canine body ... During the Late Period, Set is depicted as a donkey or as having a donkey's head."
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