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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James Henry Breasted considered Akhenaten to be the first monotheist and scientist in history. RSS feed for suj on this post. It talks about the conception and birth of children.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. In the eyes of the Egyptians, nature and life were in balance with one another. This early Egyptian piece of poetry is paying homage in a sort to a god of their time.

It is evident in Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun that he is very passionate about Aten. You must be logged in to post a comment. The land of Egypt, the foreign lands of Syria and Nubia too – You put every sn in his place and fulfil his needs; Each one with his sustenance and the days of his life counted, Their language hte different, And they look different; Their complexions are different, For you have distinguished the nations.

The God was the answer of all questions.

Great Hymn to the Aten – Wikipedia

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. However, powers were divided due to existence of many Gods. Finally, Akhenaten issued a royal decree that the name Aten was no longer to be depicted by the hieroglyph of a solar disc emanating rays but instead had to be spelled out phonetically.


Then he goes on to explain the majesty and compassion of akenaten sun to all. When you set in the Western horizon of the sky The earth is in darkness like the dead.

To anyone that is religious they should find this hymn to be well worth their time and effort, and even if many who read it are not, each and everyone who does, should still be impressed with this ancient work of literature. No doubt the Hebrew is the hgmn by some years – at least.

In some quarters, the argument for any form of influence is simply rejected outright.

He is presented as the giver of life on earth, the light and life of the world, who protects man and beast alike and provides them the means to survive on earth.

Akhenaten 41 He attempted to change the religious beliefs and ceremonies of Egypt during his reign. akhensten

Analyses of the poem are divided between those considering it as a work of literature, and those considering its political and socio-religious intentions. Akhenaten was a revolutionary, believing in the idea of monotheism and spreading his belief to the Egyptian people.

Only a few years after his death were the traces of his legacy wiped from history. You make millions of forms out of you alone, Towns and villages, fields, roads and river. The Great Hymn to the Aten is the longest of one of a number of hymn-poems written to the sun-disk deity Aten.

Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

My theory would be proven if one hymh find in some unrelated culture another example of these ideas in one poem and in the night-day-birth-food-land-sea concept. The ideas are expressed in sequence as follows. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In his book Reflections on the PsalmsC. Check snu values in: Akhenaten claimed in his poem that he was the only one who could understand the Sun God and practice his principles.


Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun – ENG Great Works of Literature_S17b

And is also visible through how Akhenaten is attempting to draw himself closer to the sun ro through flowery words and diligent worship. Lewis compared this hymn to the Psalms some time ago. He brought peace, created business and purposes for people. Then the whole xkhenaten the land does its work; All cattle enjoy their pastures, Trees and plants grow green, Birds fly up from their nests And raise their wings in praise of your spirit.

The 18th dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten forbade the worship of other gods, a radical departure from the centuries of Egyptian religious practice.

Great Hymn to the Aten

From the last part of the aihenaten, translated by Miriam Lichtheim:. All sources of life and true happiness come from Aten. Some of the conventions of the poetry genre often include many references of symbolic means, alliteration, rhythm, and descriptive or flowery language as it tells a story in a verse.

People wake and stand on their feet For you have lifted them up. This religious monotheism that Akhenaten pursued was the necessary mean for him to conduct his hjmn and social agendas.