God SobekA crocodile god of the ancient, oasis city of Arsinoe always wanted plenty of water to survive and thrive.  He is also known as Sobk, Sochet, Sebek, and Sobki. Besides being the God of Crocodiles, Sebek is also the great God of the Nile, the Military and Fertility. People of ancient Egypt worshipped him to satisfy his pet and sacred crocodiles.

He had a head similar to that of a crocodile, and he assisted in the birth of Horus and helped in destroying Seth.


Sobek (also called Sebek, Sochet, Sobk, Sobki, Soknopais,) and in Greek, Suchos (Σοῦχος)) was the deification of crocodiles, as crocodiles were deeply feared in the nation so dependent on the Nile River…

Quote Source: Wikipedia

Main centers of worship are two following:

  • Nebet/Ombi/Kom Ombo, 1 st Nome, Upper Egypt
  • Faiyum/Krokodilopolis/Medinet el-Faiyum, 20 th Nome, Lower Egypt

Additional cult centers:

  • Gebel-el-Silsila
  • Gebelein

Festivals: (exact dates not historically verified)

  • Beginning of October – 23 Hethara – Ra judges the dispute of Set and Heru (Horus).
  • Middle October – 26th Hethara – The Black Land is given to Horus, The Red Land is given to Set
  • End of October – 4th Koiak – Festivals for Sebek (Sobek)
  • End of December – 11th Mechir – Birth of Sebek (Sobek)
  • End of March – 14th Pachons – Day of cutting out of the tongue of Sobek

Credit: “Sobek” by Jeff Dahl – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

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