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THE GREAT ATEN

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« Reply #60 on: March 09, 2008, 09:48:49 am »









                                                           A T E N




The Sun disc itself, first as a heavenly body, later personified as Re.

The word 'aten' is in itself denoting a disk and could be not only the sun but also other
round objects.

The 'aten' together with the concept of divinity appeared the first time ca 2000 B.C., in
the tale of Sinhue, where the king Amenemhat I is said to soar into the sky uniting with
Aten, his creator.

The word 'aten' later appears together with a symbol of a deity who is carrying a sun disc
on his head, on an inscription of Thutmose at Tombos in Nubia, ca 1500 B.C.

Later, in the 16th century B.C. the ruler Amenhotep I is likewize after his death 'united
with the one from whom he had come'.

From there the step to elevating the 'aten' to a deity in its own right isnīt all that far.
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