Akhenaten’s “Hymn to the Sun”. Egyptian religion extremely varied from one time period to another. Cult of sun-worship spanning most of Egyptian history. You arise beauteous in the horizon of the heavens. Oh living Aten who creates life. When you shine forth in the Eastern horizon you fill every land with your. Written on the outside of the tomb of a deceased chief minister for the great king, Akhenaten, the hymn “Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun” was.

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God is also know for ruling all and having compassion for all. Tk had all names of previous gods struck out of inscriptions and himself and the royal family lifted up the new living sun god-Aten for all to see.

Akhenaten 41 He attempted to change the religious beliefs and ceremonies of Egypt during his reign. This might allow Akhenaten to demand the respect of the people for being akheaten direct descendant to Aten.

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The entirety of mankind can see his glory through the rays of the sun and see the goodness he brings to them and their lives. RSS feed for comments on this post. He credits James Henry Breasted with the popularisation of them as hymns saying hynm Breasted erroneously saw them as “a gospel of akhenaetn beauty and beneficence of the natural order, a recognition of the message of nature to the soul of man” quote from Breasted.

It is evident in Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun that he is very passionate about Aten.

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My theory would be proven if one could find in some unrelated culture another example of these ideas in one poem and in the night-day-birth-food-land-sea concept. Akhenaten’s “Hymn to the Sun”. Goats frisk on their feet, And all fluttering and flying things come alive Because you shine on them.

This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat Akhenaten sees the sun as his one and only god and for a Christian they see God as their one and only god.

It could possibly be because everyone puts their own god on a pedestal.


Montserrat argues that all the versions of the hymns focus on the king and suggests that the real innovation is to redefine the relationship of god and king in a way that benefited Akhenaten, quoting the statement of Aknenaten John Baines that “Amarna religion was a religion of god and king, or even of king first and then god. Men and women were created by the God thf he allowed them to live and have generations.

This religious monotheism that Akhenaten pursued was the necessary mean for him to conduct his political and social agendas. Hall, Ancient History of the Near Eastp. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Great Hymn to the Aten

Lewis compared the Hymn to the Psalms of the Judaeo-Christian canon, as did Breasted who broke them up into stanzas to resemble Western poems. The interconnectness of man and nature can be seen in this work through the ways life is presented. You give the breath of life to all your creations From the day they are born.

Akhenaten portrayed him as the son of the Sun God, Aten.

Boats sail up and downstream, All ways are opened because you have appeared. Various courtiers’ rock tombs at Amarna ancient Akhet-Aten, the city Akhenaten founded have similar prayers or hymns to the deity Aten or to the Aten and Akhenaten jointly. You arise beauteous in the horizon of the heavens Oh living Aten who creates life. Wikisource has original text related to this article: This is a piece that is all about religion.

Retrieved from ” https: No matter what religion that ones looks at, they all come down to the fact that their god or gods take care of everything. You must be logged in to post a comment. All eyes see you before them For you are the Aten of the day, over all the earth.

The source of the Hymn is hieroglyphics and the text of Psalm is Hebrew – so grammatical similarity is not something I can comment on. The God was the answer of all questions.

Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

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Although his wish never happened, the ideas that influenced this hymn has impacted future written pieces strong enough that traces are syn in the Psalm Believed to have been akhenatdn by said king, the poem sings the praises of Aten as the creator of the world and the maintainer of life all around the Earth. Redford argued qkhenaten while Akhenaten called himself the son of the Sun-Disc and acted as the chief mediator between god and creation, kings for thousands of years before Akhenaten’s time had claimed the same relationship and priestly role.


Before much of the archaeological evidence from Thebes and from Tell el-Amarna became available, wishful thinking sometimes turned Akhenaten into a humane teacher of the true God, a mentor of Moses, a Christlike figure, a philosopher before his time. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here There is less agreement with the glosses I have chosen than with the traditional glosses for English translation.

History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt. The land of Egypt, the foreign lands of Syria and Nubia too – You put every man in his place and fulfil his needs; Each one with his sustenance and the days of his life counted, Their language is different, And they look different; Their complexions are different, For you have distinguished the nations.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Great Hymn to the Aten. Sunrise and sunset, brightness and darkness, weathers and seasons changing were all given by the God. Akhenaten described himself as “thy son who came forth from thy limbs”, “thy child”, “the eternal son that came forth from the Sun-Disc”, and “thine only son that came forth from thy body”.

From the last part of the text, translated by Miriam Lichtheim:. But on close inspection of two English translations of the Hymn to the sun, the sequence of ideas is not as many as 6 but closer to 4. Like throwing a rock in the pond, even yhe the ripples disappear over time, traces of the ripples still existed.

Many livings believed in Gods and dedicated to the worships of the Gods.