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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Akhenaten states in lines 89 and 90 “You make Hapy, the Nile, stream through the underworld, and bring him, with whatever fullness you will, But these imaginary creatures are now teh away one by one as the historical reality gradually emerges.

Believed to have been written by said king, the poem sings the praises of Aten as the creator of the sub and the maintainer of life all around the Earth. Perspectives on His Reign.

The source of the Hymn is hieroglyphics and the text of Psalm is Hebrew hymmn so grammatical similarity is not something I can comment on. They wash their limbs and take up their clothes and dress; They raise their arms to you in adoration.

James Henry Breasted considered Akhenaten to be the first monotheist and scientist in history. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt.

Great Hymn to the Aten

Retrieved from ” https: 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”. 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.

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One of these, found in almost identical form in five tombs, is known as The Short Hymn to the Tk. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Comment by Frances Annette Hixenbaugh — June 7, 2: You are commenting using your Twitter account. If it were a revelation one can only imagine that the rivers would rage and their would be little if any loving scenarios.

He credits James Henry Breasted with the popularisation of them as hymns saying that Breasted erroneously saw them as “a gospel of the beauty and beneficence of the natural order, a recognition of the message of nature to the soul of man” quote from Breasted. You make millions of forms out of you alone, Towns and hmn, fields, roads and river.

Akhenaten was a revolutionary, believing in the idea of monotheism and spreading his belief to the Egyptian people. Akhenaton’s religious reforms later regarded heretical and reverted under his successor Pharaoh Tutankhamun have been described by some scholars as hyymnthough others consider it to be henotheistic.

Lines 41 through 47 and lines 60 through read almost the same as Psalm verses 10 through 30 th the New International Bible.

Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

This skn allow Akhenaten to demand the respect of the people for being a direct descendant to Aten. Lines 37 through 43 and Psalm verse 14 through 18 talk about the same scenario except in these lines it has to do with the animals instead of water and it also goes into how each god takes loving care of the animals.

You give the breath of life to all your creations From the day they are born. No matter what religion that ones looks at, they all come down to the fact that their god or gods take care of everything. Akhenaten is a new kingdom pharaoh. For it is you who are Time itself, the span of the world; life is by means of you. Aten is the sun god and Akhenaten walks the reader through his belief of what his god does.


In stanza 5 Akhenaten gives the sun credit for creating woman and man, which makes a Christian think of the story in the Bible of Adam and Eve.

Akhenaten’s Poem Of Praise To The Sun

Just as a Christian believes that once one is saved they will righteously know God, Akhenaten feels the same way about Aten because he states ” Then the whole of 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.

Many livings believed in Gods and dedicated to the worships of the Gods. Although his wish never happened, the ideas that influenced this hymn has impacted future written pieces strong enough that traces are found in the Psalm Even if there was a great revelation happening, Akhenaten would attribute it to Aten.

This Hymn could take xun at any point in time because Aten is everlasting. You are so beautiful: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Great Hymn to the Aten.

It seeks to flatter and worship Aten so that he will continue to bless his son the pharaoh and his obedient followers. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. Personally, I doubt there is any dependency given the human tendency to reflect on primal actions hyn sleep and waking, on sea and land, mediated by the diurnal cycle of darkness and light. The New International Version Bible states in Psalm verse 10 “He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.