God of the Week: Aten

09/19/2011: Aten

Aten is the ancient Egyptian disc of the sun.

[B]reaking with all tradition and finding ready to hand the concept that the sun-god was the master or, in reality, the only deity of the whole universe, the King was unwilling to employ any of the old names and representations for this supreme divinity, but rational-istically called him simply Aten (“the Disk”) and portrayed him in an entirely new manner as a plain disk with rays ending in hands (a symbolism indicative of activity.’*). To this new god he built a magnificent temple in the new capital, which he called “Horizon of the Disk” in Aten’s honour , and he even changed his own name from Amen-hotep (“Amon is Satisfied”) to Akh-en-aten (“Splendour of the Disk”).

-Mythology of All Races, Vol 12, Egypt

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  1. […] [7] “Akhenaten Making an Offering to Aten,” digital image, This Hollow Earth, September 19, 2011, accessed November 29, 2016, https://thishollowearth.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/god-of-the-week-aten/. […]


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