Sobek, or Sebek, was the crocodile god. He was shown either as a crocodile, often on a shrine (see right), or as a man with a crocodile's head.
Generally Sobek was seen as a force of destruction. Crocodiles were deadly creatures and Egyptians prayed to Sobek in hope that he would prevent his creatures from eating them. He was especially worshipped in areas where there were lots of crocodiles, such as the marshy Faiyum area, and at Kom Ombo. There is still a Ptolemaic temple to Sobek at Kom Ombo. Sacred crocodiles were kept in pools in these temples, and mummified after they died.
Like some other gods, later on Sobek was joined with the sun god Ra to become Sobek-Ra.