The Crocodile Museum

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The Crocodile Museum 


The Crocodile Museum

  • The Crocodile Museum considered to be the largest international museum that concerns only one animal.

  • The crocodile museum building was originally a police station, but according to its location, which was opposite to archaeological site (Kom ombo Temple), the Egyptian government has turned it into a museum, it was opened in January 2012, and it includes 22 crocodilesThe museum has 20 pieces of paintings, and statues related to crocodile worship.

Location

  • It is located in front of Kom Ombo temple in Aswan, which was dedicated to the worship of the god Sobek, who takes the form of a crocodile.

Why ancient Egyptians worshiped animals 

  • The spirit of religiosity prevailed, to the ancient Egyptians, since the beginnings of the existence of the human, on the land of Egypt, Animals from different kinds, was shared with him his spacious environment, the ancient Egyptians realized with time that these animals had a great ability that was greater than them, Therefore, the ancient Egyptian sanctified it, to ward off its evil, a desire to shelter with it, and it's strength from other creatures, that are beyond him ability, among the most important animals that were worshipedrevered and embalmed after its death, it was the Nile crocodile which considered to be one of the largest freshwater predators, and the second largest reptile after the marine crocodile, in addition it was a symbol to the god Sobek, which is the subject of these article.

The Crocodile Museum

Who is God Sobek?

The Crocodile Museum

  • The god "Sobek" was the god of evil, as he used to symbolize punishment in the other world in Pharaonic beliefs, and he used to devour the hearts of sinners in the trial of the other world, according to the Egyptian beliefs.
The Crocodile Museum


The Crocodile Museum

  • Crocodiles are represented in this museum of all ages, as it displays crocodiles that were still in the embryonic stage, small crocodiles, and large crocodiles, as well as crocodiles of different lengths, which reach about 5.5 meters, the way it was displayed was designed as if it was leaning on the sand, heading to the shore of the Nile under the moonlight, using artificial lamps that suggest this mythical majestic atmosphere,and there are 8 crocodiles in coffins, in addition to a crocodile cemetery with wooden shrine, on which mummified crocodiles were placed in it, and offerings were presented to them.

The Crocodile Museum


The Crocodile Museum

  • The Crocodile Museum reviews how  crocodiles were mummified in ancient Egypt through five mummies, which brove that they were mummified with the same precision, that is followed when mummifying kings.

The Crocodile Museum

  • Although the discovery of the mummified crocodile mummies confirms that his worship was in all parts of Egypt, the center of his worship was in Kom Ombo and Fayoum, in Kom Ombo there was a temple of the god “Sobek” and the god “Horus”, in Faiyum there is a city have the oldest building for his worship, which was established in the 19th century BC.

References 

  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sobek.
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom_Ombo
  • https://www.ancient.eu/Horus/
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faiyum

 

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