Sebiumeker statue in the Carlsberg Glyptotek museum 1st Century BCE
|Major cult center||Meroe, Kush|
Sebiumeker was a major supreme god of procreation and fertility in Meroe, Kush present day Sudan. He is sometimes thought as a gateway guardian as his statues are sometimes found near doorways. He has many similarities to Atum but has Numidian features.
Role in ancient Kush
He was referred to as Lord of Musawwarat. His statues has often been found near doorways in the Nubian site Tabo (Nubia) and Musawwarat es-Sufra, giving rise to the interpretation that he was a guardian god.. But another interpretation is that he represented transformation which is why he was placed at the doorways of temples.
Though certainly a Nubian god he has many Egyptian symbols and legends.
His Meroitic name was probably Sabomakal, which became Sebiumeker in ancient Egyptian language.
He wore the ancient double crown with a bead and uraeus and had big ears, a mark of importance. Sebiumeker was a creator god. With his double crown, false beard, kilt and tunic he resembles Atum. He is often associated with Atum.
An uninscribed sandstone headstands in Meroe. It also has the double crown with uraeus. It has several Egyptian looking features but also has the formal broad Nubian unmodeled planes.
In popular culture
His worship is invoked in the Gifts of the Nile scenario in the video game Civilization VI.
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