30 Days of Sobek: Day 21 – Music that reminds me of Sobek

Okay, I said this might be a hard decision, but almost as soon as I’d posted Day 20, this earwormed its way into my brain, so that’s that problem solved. Enjoy. \m/



30 Days of Sobek: Day 20 – My Favourite Sobek Art

I’m going to go with my favourite piece of Sobek art, rather than art that reminds me of Him, since that seems more fun somehow. And I feel like if you just went and looked at this post, you’d see all the ‘Sobek is a Pokémon’ related art, and so I feel like I’ve already done the ‘art that reminds me of $deity’ stuff. So I’ll do this instead.

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30 Days of Sobek: Day 19 – Sobek’s admirable and troubling qualities

You’d think this would be an easy post to write, it basically just asks me to ramble about what qualities I most admire about Sobek, and what qualities I find most troubling. But 1) ‘most troubling’ I am pretty sure I would not use that term myself in regards to Sobek, because while He has some reputation for violence, theft, and a huge sexual appetite, I mean, I … don’t find that troubling? It’s just part of His history. Every god has history, and no god has ever been a fucking angel, yeah? They’d been angels, otherwise. Every god has done bad shit, or stuff we might not necessarily celebrate or love or relate to or stuff we find problematic. That’s gods for you. You don’t like it? Find another god. There are millions out there, I’m sure you’ll find one you like better, if Sobek isn’t for you. And I really hope you find Them, and love Them as much as I love Sobek.

I know this sounds … ranty and not very nice of me, but that’s really how I feel about it. Yes, Sobek has a history some might call problematic, and maybe He’s not a god for everyone. But that’s okay. I just see it as all part of the history that makes Him Sobek. There’s precious little left as it is, I’m not going to just ignore the bits I might not be comfortable with.

Because if you just concentrate on the problematic bits, you will 100% miss a god who is kind, and compassionate, and strong, and protective, a god who cares for His own, and for those who have no one else to care for them. You’ll miss a god who is patient, and forgiving, who will sit and chill with you at metal gigs, or have a drink with you while you play video games.

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30 Days of Sobek: Day 18 – Sobek’s queer nature

So today’s prompt asks where Sobek stands in terms of gender and sexuality, historical or UPG-wise. I’ll try to keep this short, because I could speak about this a lot if you let me get away with it. I’m sneaking in a little late today, but that’s okay. I need time to revise tomorrow’s anyway. What I’ve currently written is a mess of idk! So. On to today’s prompt.

Sobek has always been considered to be Very Masculine. He has a very fecund sexuality, and His epithets attest to this, and His appetite for women. He is never shown as anything other than male, and has a great generative power within Him. This generally matches up with how I have come to see Him, too.

That said, His mother is queer af. Nit was historically seen as both male and female, or two thirds female, one third male. The few experiences I’ve had with Her have supported this assessment, and She is fabulously, and unapologetically queer, at least to me.

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30 Days of Sobek: Day 17 – How Sobek Relates To Other Gods and Pantheons

Well, Sobek did foster me off to Hekate for a year, so…

Which turned into five years and counting and oh, look, you’re Hekate’s witch now, so this is fine. But I digress.

Foreign Gods

Sobek’s connections to other pantheons are mostly through the Roman pantheon, iirc. Oh, and the Greek. He was seen as Helios by the Greeks, and I believe the Romans equated Him with Mars, but don’t quote me on that. Those are the connections I’m most aware of right now.

As for modern times, He seems to get on well with other gods. Mars, I can attest to, and Hekate. Sobek and Mars tend to have a similar sort of energy, and to be honest, that historical connection makes more sense to me than Sobek=Helios, but perhaps those who know Sobek-Ra can see Sobek=Helios more easily than I can.

Sobek’s a very laid-back sort of god, and I’d argue He’d get on well with many gods, though I haven’t tried this to find out. I get the impression that if it’s a god who’s going to help you, He’ll go along with it. This is basically why He gave me to Hekate, there were things only She could teach me.

Egyptian Gods

This feels like a repeat of the gods they’re related to question, but honestly, I’ve not yet had any experiences with Him and other Egyptian gods that didn’t go well. If anything, my aversion to Hethert is on me, not Him, so that’s something I need to work on. But yeah, even with Set, things seem to be fine. He’s a pretty chill god, so He tends to get on with other gods pretty well. But this is just my limited experience, so others might have a different experience of Him and other gods that I don’t have.

But anyway. I think that’s about it for this one. I’d be interested to know what other devotees have experienced in terms of His relationships with other gods.

30 Days of Sobek: Day 16 – How Sobek represents the values of the Egyptian pantheon

I’m not sure how well I’ll do this with a post-migraine haze brain, but I’ll do my best. Forgive me any inaccuracies. I’m not focusing well today, but I don’t want to fall behind any further by postponing this post till later.

Sobek represents the strength and might of the Nisut. You could say that this is also a representation of his authority and power. It’s a similar kind of thing to how I see Aset, as Aset representing the Throne Herself carries some of those similar connotations, though in a different guise. She was Wesir’s strength when He ruled.

Sobek represents the yearly flooding, as well as the fertility of the land. These were essential to the abundance of the land, and what it could provide for the people. And yet, too much, and it would be destructive, but too little, and nothing would grow.

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30 Days of Sobek: Day 15 – Mundane practices associated with Sobek

Hi, so I just lost a whole day bc of a shitty awful migraine, so I’m a whole day behind. Lucky me! 😀

Anyway. I’m not sure how well to answer this question, I feel like I already did that with the cultural issues one. Certainly, any activity that concerns caring for the things He cares about (water, wetlands, marshes, oceans, fertile land, etc) through collecting rubbish, conserving the environment, etc is going to be good with Him.

He’s a god with strong connections to place and environment, and I’d argue any work you do to care for the land around you or that you live on, particularly if you have water nearby, is going to be good with Him, too.

At the same time, supporting those who are voiceless, who are marginalised, who need the strong to speak for them, to be strong for them, this is also good work. Whether this is physical donations, donations of time, or donations of money, even sharing word of their plights, these are all good things to do for Him.

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30 Days for Sobek: Day 14 – How Sobek’s worship has changed in modern times

And here’s your second bonus post because tomorrow is going to be hectic, and I don’t want to forget to post this one. We’re nearly at the halfway mark, which means it’s just over two weeks until the Sobek devotional opens for submissions! I hope you’ve got some things ready to send me! 😀

I suspect it has changed a lot in modern times, but then I suspect this is true of all gods worshipped now. I don’t know how much other devotees veer from the historical; my experience with Sobek devotees is that we’re more solitary than not, so, ymmv, and I would love to hear from other devotees about their practice.

I tend more towards the historical methodologies and ritual structures when I approach His worship, but I never feel like I can’t improvise either and create something modern if I need it. But then there are a lot of gaps in His history and cult worship, so if you don’t make something up, or hack the old material we do have, there’s not much left to work with. So changes are a necessity in modern times.

Even the fact that the societies we work in, we worship in, are completely different. There are no temples, no temple staff, no opened statues, no villages and cities and towns feeding the temples and their priests. All this has changed. It’s not there anymore. It’s just us, with our tiny shrines, and our priesthoods-of-one, doing what we can, and giving what we have, to Sobek. It’s a pittance to what They used to have, but it’s better than nothing.

And of course we rebuild Sobek in different ways, depending on what we resonate with. And some of us resonate with Sobek-Ra, and some of us resonate with Sobek Shedety, and some of us just resonate with Sobek, in whatever form He comes in. And how we see Him, too, will change. But that’s okay. He’s big enough to take it all in His stride.

30 Days of Sobek: Day 13 – What modern cultural issues are close to Sobek’s heart?

This is not an easy question to answer, since it’s never been a big part of my relationship with Him. Certainly, He cares a lot about the health of the environment and its waterways and marshlands, fish populations, over-fishing, the status of crocodilian species in the wild and their hunting and conservation and crocodile farming, the health of the ocean, rainfall, those sorts of issues. He’s a very Earth-centred god in that regard. So anything that ties into those places and issues is going to win Him over, if He doesn’t lead you there Himself.

Crocodile farming in particular is something I know He’s brought to my attention, and I know it’s sort of inevitable that one day I will own either some crocodile leather, or a crocodile skull; He’s a very crocodilian god, so having those pieces means a lot to Him, and how I relate to Him. But it’s the ethical sourcing, it’s caring for the bones properly and with the proper respect. To me, it’d be the equivalent of a temple crocodile, living in the sacred lake. It’s a sacred duty to care for the bones of a crocodile, for this Sobek devotee at least, if they ever came into my possession. Which is why I haven’t acquired any yet. I don’t even think I’m up for the task of caring for an open statue, let alone sacred crocodile bones. One day, perhaps, but not now.

But in my own personal experience, I know He also cares a lot about the marginalised and those who need the oases to survive. He is strong for those who cannot be strong, He gives boats to the boatless, He offers protection to anyone who needs it. And yes, in this He is a very queer-friendly god. His mother is queer enough Herself, so of course Sobek is, too, in His own way.

I suspect He also cares a lot for refugees and those fleeing persecution and oppression. Those who cross His waterways and don’t make it to the other side. I have A Lot Of Thoughts about Heru and Aset and Sobek and how They know better than most gods about what it is to be a refugee is a post for another time, but it’s something Sobek reminds me of often. It’s okay, They’ve lived in exile before, They can survive outside Egypt. And perhaps this is why They persist so well in other lands, how They have learnt to adapt to other places. But that is where my head is in that regard, and I will go think some more on it, and maybe post about it later, outside of this 30 days meme framework, so it gets a better attempt than this.

30 Days of Sobek: Day 12 – Sobek’s Sacred Places

Sobek’s presence can be found all over Egypt, but the two places where His cult was most prominent are Kom Ombo, where He shared a double temple with Heru-Wer, and the Faiyum region in the north near the delta. The delta was also associated with Him, but His cult was particularly represented in the Faiyum.

Shedet, or Crocodopolis, was the biggest city in the Faiyum, and the centre of Sobek’s cult there. It was referred to as The Great Palace. But there were temples all over the Faiyum, and a temple to Sobek and Renenutet in Dja (Medinet Madi). Its fortunes fluctuated over the course of Egyptian history, but had significant attention and rebuilding in the 12th, and 18th Dynasties, as well as in later Greek periods as well.

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