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 3 – Symbols and Icons of Sobek

There are going to be a few pictures in this one, it seems like the most useful way to do this instead of a wall’o’text. This probably won’t cover everything, either, just the things I’m most aware of. In some ways, Sobek has very few symbols. He is so closely tied to the crocodile that anything else sort of falls by the wayside. But there are some other animals mentioned in His epithets, namely bulls and rams (for the Min-like fecundity aspects of Him), as well as the calf and the falcon/hawk. By and large, though, Sobek is the crocodile.

There are usually three general forms of Him as a crocodile. He can be shown simply as a crocodile, though sometimes He is shown wearing either His normal headgear, or a solar disc. He can also be shown as a mummified crocodile or as a crocodile on a shrine, as well as a crocodile-headed man.

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Sobek devotional news: Announcing ‘Lord of the Carnelian Temple’

Signal boost the shit out of this plz, y/y? :D?

OKAY SO. I might have mentioned I’d put my hand up to edit a Sobek devotional anthology with Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and after a lot of work and wrangling and sorting things out, it’s all official now. I have a title and everything!

Lord of the Carnelian Temple info

Anyone who works with Sobek, or has an interest in Sobek, including Sobek-Ra (because I know there are some of you out there, too), is more than welcome to submit work for this anthology. ILU all, let’s make this happen. ❤

I’m opening submissions in July, and running it through to the end of the year, so don’t let me down! I’ll be looking to release it by March next year, if you all do your part and send me enough material. Start working on your submissions so the world can finally have a Sobek devotional. I have dreamed about putting one of these together for years, and now it’s so close. SO CLOSE. Help me finally stop dreaming about this and make it a reality. ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m still deciding on what I’m going to include, but I’m going to at least try to get all my LAGG epithet translations done so there’s as full a list as possible (even though I’m missing, like, eight pages, thanks, google books, not helpful). There will probably be at least one ritual, some hymns, and some fiction. Maybe an essay if I feel inspired enough to do that.

So yes, bring me your Sobek things!

And if anyone wants to discuss this project privately, or talk about potential submissions, before things kick off in July, hit up sobekdevotionalATgmail.com. TYVM. ❤