Who is Sobek: Personification of the Nile Crocodile

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By Morningbird

Sobek is the personification of the Nile crocodile. He is pictured either as a crocodile or as a powerful man with the head of a crocodile.

Temples to him were located throughout Egypt where crocodiles were common. Some of the temples kept pools where sacred temple crocodiles were offered the best cuts of meat. These crocodiles became tame and were mummified after their deaths.

Some creation myths say that it was Sobek who first came out of the primordial waters of chaos to create the world. He was called upon for general protection as well as from attacks by crocodiles and was seen as an intermediary between the mortal world and the other Gods.

Also known as Sebek, Sochet, Sobk, Sobki, Soknopais or the Greek Suchos. Sobek can be seen as an aspect of Amun.

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

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