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Symbolic dances which may have been holy rituals and ballet scenes formed part of the performance.According to accounts Seth, represented by a live hippopotamus, was killed on stage by a priest or even by the king himself in the role of Horus.The final annihilation of Seth occurred when a hippopotamus cake was carved up and eaten.Other texts were somewhat like morality plays with psychological aspects, Isis and the seven scorpions for instance, where gods were treated like humans. Creation Dramas were also performed in temples, which were considered to had been the abode of the creator god before the act of creation had occurred.

The play seems to have been a lengthy affair with its thirteen acts and two intermissions.

One of the texts accompanying temple reliefs at Edfu describes aspects of a New Kingdom religious drama performed during the Horus festival while the statue of Hathor was carried from her temple at Denderah to the festivities at Edfu.

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