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Sobek

by Micha F. Lindemans
An Egyptian god who brings fertility from the Nile waters. He symbolized the power of the pharaohs. He is regarded as a son of Neith. The cradle of his cult was el Faiyum, at the ancient border of Upper and Lower Egypt, although his cult was wide-spread. Here, parts of his temples can still be found. One of the towns in that vicinity was called 'Crocodilopolis' by the Greeks. Other centers of his cult later became Kom Ombo and Thebes.

Sobek is represented as a crocodile or as a man with the head of a crocodile. On his head he often wore a pair or plumes. Later he was associated with the sun-god Re and is then wearing the solar disc and the uraeus on his crocodile head. His Greek name is Suchos.


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  • Also known as:
    Sebek
    Sochet

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