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Gender Masculine
Other Forms FormsSebek, Sochet, Sobk, Sobki, Suchos (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Sobek is likely derived from the Ancient Egyptian sbk, the verb meaning "to impregnate". This is likely because he was considered a violent, hyper-sexual, and erratic deity, prone to his primal whims.

In Egyptian mythology he is one of the older gods, with a complex and fluid nature. Associated with the crocodile, he is frequently depicted as a crocodile or as a man with the head of a crocodile. He was associated with pharaonic power, fertility, military prowess, and was invoked for protection against the dangers of the Nile River. He eventually became fused with Horus, through whom she became a solar deity. It was this connection that he was then fused with Ra, as Sobek-Ra, who remained popular in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt.
Added 6/7/2011 by anonymous
Edited 5/2/2014 by Ora