Sobek Shedety, He Who Rises Like Ra

Sobek Shedety

He Who Rises Like Ra

The beautiful calf before the flood came into being with shining radiance. He brought forth His body from the Lake of Faiyum, from Shedet, from the deep marshes. From the primordial waters, Sobek came into being. He rose slowly out of the water, and His body became the first mound of land.

His skin was black, like the fertile mud, and as He bellowed into the nothingness, so did the gods come into existence. He made their names, and called their names to them, and they gathered on His body, spreading the land across the water.

From the Lake of Faiyum, Sobek moved north, and where His feet landed, so did the land sink and lakes appeared. He walked north, and His tail dragged along, creating the rivers and tributaries. Where His sweat fell, the marshes grew. And so the Delta came into being.

Once His heart had been satisfied, He stopped to sleep. When He woke, He left the sea behind, and the water flowed to meet the Delta.

As He turned south, Sobek submerged Himself, ploughing through the land to carve out the Nile. Where His feet stepped, one of the gods alighted, and there, the temples were established in the 42 nomes. He threw fish into the air across the land, flinging them out of the water, and where they fell, the oases sprang forth out of the barren desert.

Sobek swam south, until He found the Lake of Nun again, submerging into the waters upon the mountains to rest. As He emerged, He brought the first flood, and He rose the water down the river He had just made. He left His fertile mud on the land, and only there did life flourish.

And so it came to pass that Sobek had given birth to the Two Lands, and created the first Zep Tepi.

As Ra sunk towards the horizon, Sobek’s heart was at peace, and He returned to the Lake of Faiyum, to Shedet, to the marshes where He had come from. There, He is renewed like Ra, while night huddles close.

As Zep Tepi repeats, so Sobek will rise like Ra, out of the Lake of Faiyum, and bring the world into being.

It is done in this way for millions of years.

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