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Author Topic: THE GREAT ATEN  (Read 11991 times)
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« Reply #75 on: March 15, 2008, 09:46:35 am »

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gods to whom solar attributes had not been originally ascribed.

Tem, Horus of the Two Horizons, and Ra, each of these is called "One," and "only one," whether mentioned singly or together as a triad, and the same title was given to Amen after his fusion
with Ra.

And, whilst Amenhetep IV was proclaiming the oneness of Aten in the city of Aten, the worshipper
of Amen was proclaiming the oneness of Amen in Thebes, the worshipper of Ra or Tem was pro-
claiming the oneness of his god in Heliopolis, and so on throughout the country.

And it is interesting to note that votaries of Neith of Sas proclaimed that their goddess was "One,"
1 that she first created herself and then produced Ra from her own body.

The second portion of a fine Hymn to the solar triad, which is preserved in the Papyrus of Ani (sheet 19), and is addressed to Ra-Tem-Heraakhuti the "only one," adds Osiris to this "only one" thus

"Praise be to thee, O Osiris, eternal Lord, Un-nefer, Heraakhuti, whose forms are manifold and whose

 attributes axe majestic, Ptah-Seker-Tem in Anu, lord of the hidden shrine and creator of Hetkaptah

(Memphis) . . . thou turnest thy face to the Other World, thou makest the earth to shine like tcham

(gilded copper?). The dead rise up to look at thee, they breathe the air and they see thy face like

that of the Aten (Disk) when he rises on his horizon. Since they see thee their hearts are content, O

thou who art Eternity and Everlastingness."

It is impossible for Amenhetep IV to have indulged in the philosophical speculations as to the unity of God, with which he is sometimes credited, but which were only evolved by the Greek
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