The Sacred Lake Of Crocodilopolis by Sheer Zed.


The track ‘The Sacred Lake Of Crocodilopolis’ is my contribution to Sombre Soniks new compilation album ‘Dark Ambient Vol. 18’. It is a humble attempt at evoking the ritualistic atmosphere surrounding the cult of Sobek, an ancient Egyptian crocodile god. ’Crocodilopolis’ (Crocodile City) is the ancient Greek word to describe the main city dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Sobek, who was seen as a symbol of power, virility and fertility. Sobek is portrayed either as a full crocodile or as a human with a crocodile head. Ancient Egyptians kept crocodiles in pools and temples while feeding them and bejeweling them. Mummified crocodiles of all ages have been found in tombs, including eggs with fetuses.

Sobek is first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts, which are the oldest sacred texts in the world. Sobek had a hand in the underworld. He could bring sight to the dead and enliven their senses. He also called on Isis and Nephthys to help protect the dead. At the sacred lake of Crocodilopolis, reptiles were fed and worshiped by the priests of Sobek. The city cult dwellers worshiped a tamed sacred crocodile called in Koine Greek (also known as Alexandrian dialect) Petsuchos, “the Son of Soukhos”, a crocodile adorned with gold and gem pendants. Petsoukhos lived in a special temple lake and was fed by the priests with food provided by visitors. When Petsuchos died, it was replaced by another. Today, nothing remains of the ancient city, north of the modern capital. ‘The Sacred Lake Of Crocodilopolis’ is available to purchase and stream exclusively via Bandcamp and can be heard embedded below.

The audio production is by Sheer Zed.

The audio mastering of this track is by P23 at Sombre Soniks.

Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Dark Ambient, Meditation, Ritual, Noise, Drone.

  1. The Sacred Lake Of Crocodilopolis – 16 mins 44 secs.

The artwork for the compilation album ‘Dark Ambient Vol. 18’ is by Fabian van der Meer.

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Writer • Carer • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Louder Than War reviewed Sheer Zed's music as "extraordinary", "immersive" and "exciting". CompulsionOnline described Sheer Zed's music as "absorbing and intricate", "surreal" and "invigorating", urging their readers "to dig in to the releases of Sheer Zed". TQ Music Zine declared Sheer Zed's music "a tour de force". Cool and Strange Music Magazine said his music was "Mithraic", while the blog 1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1 said his work "elicit a sense of the exotic and mysterious". The magazine Indie Shaman declared Sheer Zed's work to be "meditative, surreal and hypnotic...perfect for anyone who likes to share their journeys in life with eclectic, electronic music." The Séance have accurately dubbed Sheer Zed "A veteran Bristol noise shaman." The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations volumes 17 and 18 have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

Categories Ancient Egypt, Crocodile Worship, Dark Ambient, Drone, Electronic Music, Experimental, Meditation, Music, New Music, Noise, Occult, Philosophy, Ritual, Sobek, Sound, Underground MusicLeave a comment

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