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Sobek (from the Temple of Kom Ombo)

Sobek. from the Priest Temples of Kom Ombo Sobek's ambiguous nature lead some to say he was a repairer of evil that had been done, rather than a force for good in itself, for example, going to Duat to restore damage done to the dead as a result of their form of death. He was also said to call on suitable gods and goddesses required for protecting people in situation, effectively having a more distant role, nudging things along, rather than taking an active part. In this way, he was seen as a more primal god, eventually becoming regarded as an avatar of the primal god Amun, who at that time was considered the chief god.

Sobek in art, was depicted as an ordinary crocodile, or as a man with the head of a crocodile. When considered a patron of the pharaoh's army, he was shown with the symbol of royal authority- the uraeus. ( "rearing cobra") He was also shown with an ankh, representing his ability to undo evil and so cure ills.

Sobek. The ferocity of a crocodile was seen in a positive light, Sobek in these circumstances being considered the army's patron, as representative of their strength and power. Sobek's cult originally flourished around Al Fayyum where some temples still remain the area was so associated with Sobek that one town, Arsinoe, was known to the Greeks as Crocodilopolis. In Crocodilopolis, they kept a tamed crocodile, ornamented with jewelery, and hand fed with meat,. However, in other areas of Egypt, crocodiles were dealt with simply by hunting and killing them.

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