117: Adoring Ra

Precursors to Atenism.

The god Aten has a long history; and in the 18th Dynasty, many Egyptians were praising the sun god in a variety of forms (Ra, Atum, Horakhty, Aten, Khepri etc). Akhenaten's reforms were radical, but they have some obvious roots. Looking at several religious texts, side by side, we can see how the sun god became a major, universal deity at this time... (Date = 1400-1360 BCE; King = Akhenaten; Queen = Nefertiti; Location = Thebes and Amarna. Website at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Sistrum by Hathor Systrum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7pYdPOS4yw).

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