30 Days of Sobek: Day 11 – Festivals, Holy Days, and Sacred Times

It’s a good thing I’ve already done this work, so this is just a lazy matter of copypasta. That said, beyond the calendar, my own UPG associates Him with winter, and Heru with summer. Sobek brings the winter rains that quench the thirsty land after the summer. He brings fertility and life to the land. He is the winter storms and the cold air, and the warmth of snuggling up in bed.

See, winter here in Western Australia isn’t snowy. It never gets that cold. It’s just wet and stormy and cold. So Sobek’s energy works really well for this time of year, and in some ways, makes up for the fact that I celebrate Wep Ronpet in the middle of summer, because that’s the only way I can get the calendar to work down here.

I also tend to think of the winter/summer split in terms of which one is here, and which one is busy in the otherworld. And winter is the time of the Mysteries, and Heru is busy taking care of His dad, so that’s why He’s far away in winter. In summer, Sobek has to take care of Wesir, and so that’s why He’s far away. They have this sine wave cyclicity.

I suspect the deeper I delve into those cycles, the more clear I’ll be able to be at explaining it. I have often thought about Sobek and Heru together as the night boat and the day boat, where Heru carries Ra through the sky during the day, and Sobek carries Ra under the earth at night. Which reflects some of the Book of the Faiyum mythology. Zep Tepi is all about renewal, how the sun keeps rising, how each new day is a little first moment of creation. That sense of cyclical, spiralling time I sort of nicked from Dinotopia, but it makes a lot of sense in terms of how the world works, and how time works, I think.

But this isn’t an entry about Theories About Time, so have a calendar list. I’m copypasting here for completion more than anything else, or I might just lazily link to the list I’ve already done. But there you go.

Sobek Festivals and Holy Days

In case anyone’s reading this and hasn’t read this list previously, this is what I compiled from Rev. Tamara Suida’s Ancient Egyptian Daybook, and is, as far as I know, the most complete list of Sobek festivals available.

I Akhet
1. Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos
1-7. For the Purification (7 days)
5. Feast of Behdehty/Feast of Heru Shedety?
6. Feast of Sobek
7. Feast of Sobek, Lord of Wadjty
9. Feast of Sobek
10. Feast of Sobek
11. Feast of Sobek Shedety
12. Feast of Sobek
17. Feast of Sobek-Ra
18. Feast of Sobek-Ra
20. Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset

II Akhet
2-3. Procession of Sobek to see His mother Nit
3. Festival of Sobek of Kom Ombo
7. Festival of Sobek, Lord of Lord of Kom Ishqau
22. “Do not bathe on this day. It is the day of cutting the tongue of the enemy of Sobek, son of Nit.” (Cairo Calendar)

III Akhet
7. Birthday of Soknopaios/Birth of Sobek, the Great God (19 days)

IV Akhet
1-6. Procession of Sobek, Chief of Summenu, Son of Geb
4. Feast of Sobek

I Peret
3. Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos
7. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Heaven
8. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of the Caverns
8-14. Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the God Sobek (7 days)
9. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of …
10. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of the Innundation
16. Chronokrater: Sobek, Who Enters The Place of Strength
17. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Neb-seh/Sobek, Lord of the Heb-Sed Festivals
20. Chronokrater: Sobek in Kom Ombo
25. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Ir-merty/Sobek, Lord of Creating/Creation

II Peret
6. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Kom Ombo/Lord of Lords/Lord of the Basket-Lands
8. Chronokrater: Sobek, Son of Isis with Pacified Limbs
10. Birthday of Sobek
11. Procession of Sobek
12. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Apollonopolis Parva
13. Chronokrater: Sobek, Who Reckoned The Bright One (i.e. Eye goddess)
28. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Buto/Sobek, Lord of the Eastern Mountain
29. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Tell Tebilla

III Peret
As a God of the Month: Sobek
2-9. Festival of the Foundation of the Enclosure of the Great God Sobek (7 days)
12. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of the Temple
14. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of el-Harageh (Faiyum loc.)/Sobek, Lord of Lights
15. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of …
17. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Buto
24. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of the Bulls

IV Peret
10. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Anasha
11. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of the Temple
15. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of …
20. Appearance of Sobek, and Min, Lord of the Two Lands
22. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Incense
23. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Anasha
24. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of …

I Shomu
As a God of the Month: ‘The Lord of the Riots’, a form of Sobek, the third named as one of the Seven Arrows of Mut, Bast, Nebethet, and a fourth unknown goddess.
4. Chronokrater: Sobek in Kom Ombo
7. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of …
20. Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek, and Heru-sa-Aset
27. Procession of Sobek-Hapi. Drinking in honour of Renenutet

II Shomu
21-27. Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the God Sobek (7 days)

III Shomu
2-9. Festival of Sobek/Soukheia
3. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Harageh
11. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Ra-Huwy (near Alexandria)
13. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Apollonopolis Parva
14. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of el-Harageh
19. Chronokrater: Sobek, Lord of Tema(t)
20-26, Festival of Sobek/Soukheia (7 days)
24. Feast of Sobek

IV Shomu
26-Epag 3 – Festival of the Foundation of the Temple (8 days)
27. Birthday of Sobek

Lunar Calendar Festivals
13. Sobek ‘is the god of the 13th lunar day, which is named ‘Sobek’ for Him’.

1 Shomu Full Moon: Feast of Sobek, Lord of Sehwy

III Shomu Full Moon: Feast of Sobek

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