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Author Topic: THE GREAT ATEN  (Read 11128 times)
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« Reply #60 on: March 09, 2008, 09:43:19 am »

                                                       The new Sun-God

The god whom Akhenaten chose to honour above all others, was a new version of a solar
deity, this new god had slowly been gaining favour (mostly among the nobility), but it was
under the new reign of Amenhotep IV that the Aten found national prominence (recent
thinking is that the Amenhotep III may have been identified as the Aten).

At the King's accession the Aten was formally acknowledged as 'Re-Herakhte rejoicing on
the horizon in his aspect of the light which is in the sun's disk [the Aten]', although at this
point the Aten still took second place behind the all-powerful national god Amun-re of Karnak.

Many have argued that the main reason why Akhenaten chose to worship the Aten and no
other gods in Egypt, and then to outlaw the worship of these 'older gods' was because that
the High Priests of such gods of Amun-Re were too powerful, the High Priest of Amun-Re al-
most had similar power and influence as that of the Pharaoh himself.

But the total revolution that Akhenaten bought to Egypt shows more at work than just poli-
tics, for it wasn't just a god that changed, but also art, tombs, the temples to worship the
god and even the afterlife.
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