Now we are going to mention some interesting facts about ancient Egypt gods. We are going to talk about god Sobek, the crocodile god.
Two weeks ago, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities announced that he discovered a number of mummified animals in Qena governorate, among them 3 mummified crocodiles, one of them reaches to 4 meters in length, and the other 2 broken mummified crocodiles reach to 120 cm, in addition to mummification tools and rolls of linen.
The Egyptologists said that it was a unique discovery because of god Sobek, the crocodile god was worshiped in Aswan at the temple of Kom Ombo.
Ayman Hendy, the director of the monument’s site at Qena has added that this discovering is a cache of a group of sacred animals were dedicated to god Sobek, the god of evilness, as the ancient Egyptians thought that he resembled the punishment in the afterlife.
According to the ancient Egypt beliefs, god Sobek was eating the hearts of sinners.
Facts about ancient Egyptian gods: who is god Sobek?
God Sobek was the crocodile god in ancient Egypt. His main cult was at El-Fayoum and Aswan governorates.
It was thought that this god was originally the god of fertility. According to the Egyptian beliefs, Sobek had a great role in death and burial.
The worship of god Sobek went on till the Ptolemaic and Roman dynasties, especially in El-Fayoum and Kom Ombo in Aswan.
In these two places, the ancient Egyptians have buried a lot of mummified crocodiles, like what the excavators found.
The ancient Egyptians did not worship the animals as it widely thought, but they used the animals and its features to symbolize to their gods, such as they referred to god Sobek as the god of evilness and death because the crocodile has these features.
The ancient Egyptians loved and respected the animal because they found out that he had the same advantages of the God like the goodness, protection, support, and healing from diseases.
The Egyptians have found that the animal has all or some of these advantages so they loved him and symbolized to their god with the animals.
Among these animals were the crocodiles. The farmers were living beside this predator, and they learned how to avoid him, as he killed and ate the swimmers in the Nile, so they were afraid of him like their fear of death.
When a group of people sailed in the Nile they said a special amulet to protect them from the crocodiles, as the priests have made a lot of amulets to protect the people from the danger of this animal.
It was said that the people of Dandra city were the only ones who had the security and protection against the crocodiles.
The priests of the crocodile’s city were singing some hymns, asking the God to give Egypt the life and stability, they said:
“O crocodile Sobek, Re, Horus, and the great god, welcome. Welcome god Sobek, welcome, you have gone out of the original water, O the leader of the kingdom, the bull of bulls, and the master of a floating island.
The ancient Egyptians kept one or number of mummified crocodiles, as a sign of respect and fear of the death.
God Sobek was represented in a shape of a human with a crocodile head and false hear with a feather and a sun disk flanked by 2 horns and the human holds the “Was” and “Ankh” signs in his hands. Sometimes Sobek was represented with a full crocodile.
Plutarch said that the ancient Egyptians have sanctified the crocodile for a rational cause which was the crocodile has no tongue, and the orders of the God do not need talking.
Nowadays, the people in Upper Egypt ask the blessing of the crocodile, and they hang it mummified above their houses and shops.
Now we have mentioned some interesting facts about one of the most interesting gods in ancient Egypt.