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Sobek


Sobek is the crocodile god of the Nile River, the patron god of the military, and the protector of pharaohs. He is typically depicted with a crocodile head and human body, an ankh, and a Hemhem crown with a uraeus, feathers, and a sun disc.

Sobek
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Sobek was the crocodile god of the Nile River. The people of Egypt both feared and respected the power of crocodiles, so Sobek soon came to be seen as a patron of the military and the protector of pharaohs. He was also a god that would restore souls damaged in battle or death to their previous physical health, including their sight and their senses. In some ancient Egyptian texts, he was a creator god, and he was believed to have created the earth. While he was creating, his sweat ran down his brow and back in a flowing stream which later became the Nile River.

In some myths, Sobek retrieved Horus’ four sons from the Nile when they emerged from a lotus flower by catching them in a net. Horus’ sons were the protectors of: the liver, the stomach, the lungs, and the intestines. He was usually closely associated with Horus. Sometimes he was mentioned as having helped deliver Horus when he was born; he was also associated with Horus because Horus turned into a crocodile to retrieve the pieces of his father, Osiris, when Set scattered them around the earth.

Sobek

Parents

Set and Neith


Domain

The Nile River; Pharoah’s throne


Symbols

  • Crocodile
  • Hemhem Crown
  • Ankh

Notable Myths

  • Creation of the Nile River
  • Horus’ Four Sons
  • Restored damaged dead in Duat
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