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THE GREAT ATEN

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« Reply #90 on: March 15, 2008, 02:49:31 pm »








p. 58



in the XVIIth Chapter he says:




"I am Tem in his rising. I was the Only One [when] I came into existence in Nenu (or Nu).

I am Ra when he rose for the first time.

I am the Great God who created himself [from] Nenu, and who made his names to become the gods of his company. I am he who is irresistible among the gods.

I am Tem, the dweller in his Disk, or Ra in his rising in the eastern horizon of the sky.

I am Yesterday; I know To-day

'I am the Bennu (i.e., Phoenix) which is in Anu (Heliopolis),

and I keep the register of the things which are created and

of those which are not yet in existence."




The Company of the gods over whom "Father Tem" presided consisted of Shu and Tefnut, Geb
and Nut, Osiris and Isis, and Set and Nephthys. According to one tradition, Tem produced Shu
and Tefnut from his own body, and these three gods formed the first Triad, or Trinity, Tem
saying,


                                        "From [being] god one I became three."



In the extract from the XVIIth Chapter given above, we must note that



1. Tem originally existed in Nenu, or Nu, the great mass of primeval waters.

2. He was the Only One in existence when he had come into being.

3. He created himself the Great God.

4. He possessed various names, and these he turned into the gods who formed his Pest or Ennead, merely by uttering their names.

5. He was irresistible among the gods, i.e., he was the Over-lord of the gods.

6. He comprehended time past and time to come.

7. He dwelt in the Solar Disk (Aten).

8. He rose in the sky for the first time under the form of Ra, and he was himself the Bennu,
i.e., the Soul of Ra.

9. He kept the Registers of things created and uncreated.



Though the papyrus from which we get these facts is not older than the XVIIIth
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