The Crocodile Museum

 

The Crocodile Museum


The Crocodile Museum

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

The 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 the ancient Egyptians worshiped animals 

  • The spirit of religiosity prevailed over the ancient Egyptian 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 its strength from other creatures and phenomena surrounding it that are beyond him ability.

The Crocodile Museum

  • Among the most important animals that were worshiped, revered and embalmed after its death was the crocodile which symbol to the god Sobek, which is the subject of the article.

Who is the god sobek



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

The Crocodile Museum 


  • The museum building was originally a police station, because of its location opposite the archaeological sites, the Egyptian government has turned it into a museum.

  • The Crocodile museum was opened in January 2012

  • The museum includes 22 crocodiles from fifty crocodiles were found in the area near the temple.

  • The museum has 20 pieces of paintings and statues related to crocodile worship.


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.

The Crocodile Museum

  • As well as crocodiles of different lengths, which reach about 5.5 meters.
  • The Nile crocodile considered to be one of the largest freshwater predators, and the second largest reptile after the marine crocodile

The Crocodile Museum


  • In addition to 8 crocodiles in coffins and burial scrolls.

  • 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.

  • In addition to a crocodile cemetery, which shows how crocodiles were buried by the ancient Egyptian in dry silt burials.

The Crocodile Museu


  • And burial with him offerings belonging to him from pottery vessels filled with food.

  • The Crocodile Museum reviews how to mummify crocodiles through five mummies that explain the stages and how to mummify crocodiles, which were done with the same precision that is followed when mummifying kings.

The Crocodile Museum


  • In addition to wooden shrine were found inside the tomb, on which mummified crocodiles were placed in it, and offerings were presented to them.
  • 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 temple of the god “Sobek” and the god “Horus”.
  • In Faiyum, there is a city have the oldest building for his worship, which is the temple of the "god Sobek", 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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