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Another shot of Amenhotep III on the right, this time seated with Sobek, the crocodile God, at left. Before the construction of the Aswan Dam upstream, crocodiles were quite common in the Nile River.

"Sobek was also associated with pharaonic power, fertility, and military prowess, but served additionally as a protective deity with apotropaic qualities (good luck charm), invoked particularly for protection against the dangers presented by the Nile." There were 6 cataracts to navigate upstream, some with dangerous exposed rocks and whitewater, and crocodiles were revered and even mummified!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sobek

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