In days 21-25 in the month of mechir, Edfu celebrated the victory of Horus over Seth. The celebrant performing the role of King-Horus performed the ritual killing of the hippo-Set at the sacred lake. This ritual had the characteristics of a theatrical performance. It was attended by numerous choirs and priest-actors, playing the roles of the main characters in the drama. At the end of the 20th century. even a successful attempt was made to recreate the ritual in a real theater.
The horus in this version of the myth was presented in the play as a naked boy with a finger in his mouth, sitting on a lotus flower or on the mother's lap. As a child, Horus was called Nefer Hor, in Hellenistic times Nephoros (Horus the Best).
In time, a finger in the mouth, sign of childhood, has been misinterpreted as a sign of mystery. In Hellenistic times, Horus was almost completely identified with his father, Osiris, and in this form he was worshiped under the name Heru-sema-tawy -Horus, The Uniter of Two Countries. He ruled not only the land of the living, but also the Underworld. In Edfu and Kom Ombo, he was also known as Panebtawy (Lord of the Two Countries). In Edfu he was worshiped as Horus of Behedet (Behdet), god of the noon sun, for it was here that the mythical battle between Horus and Set took place, which repeats itself every morning, just before sunrise. In Edfu he was the husband of the goddess Hathor of Dandara and the father of Herumtawa, called by the Greeks Harsomtus.
Horus of Behedet was represented by the winged solar disk, which was placed over the entrance in all the temples in Egypt. In a certain version of the myth, when Set rebelled against Re, god sent his son Horus, that it would fly to the heavens as a solar disk with the wings of a falcon. From on high he saw Re's enemies, and as a ravenous bird he attacked and forced them to flee. For his efforts he was given the city of Edfu. As enemies in the form of crocodiles and hippos attacked the solar boat Re, Horus and his divine friends harpooned the monsters. To protect the solar barge, Horus took the form of a winged disk and settled into the bow of the ship. He is pictured as a falcon flying over Pharaoh in battle and clutching a royal whip, symbol of royal power. As a falcon, it is called Great God, Lord of Heaven with Spotted Plumage. He was often depicted as a man with a falcon's head crowned with the White and Red Crowns of Egypt.