the Crocodile-headed Water God
The name Sobek means crocodile. This crocodile
god was much favored by the kings of the twelfth and thirteenth dynasties and
many of the rulers of this period chose to bear names such as Sobek-Hotep, which
means “Sobek is merciful," which they hoped he would be along the banks
of the Nile.
A patron deity, His main place of worship was
in the Nome of Faiyum where His temple had a holy lake containing a sacred
crocodile. Pet-Sobek “he who belongs to Sobek” was kept in the lake.
Sobek was also worshiped at Kom Ombo, where he
replaced Seth in a triad of gods, becoming the husband of Hathor and the father
He had associations with the god Horus and a
further identification with Ra led to a form of the crocodile with the solar
disk on his head. He was usually represented as either a crocodile or a man with
a crocodile’s head.
Sobek was understandably a god of the water,
the Nile river issued from his sweat.
He “made the herbage green” and therefore
took on a role related to healthy harvest.
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