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.

Author: Tunris Vudoll
Country: Denmark
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Science
Published (Last): 9 September 2007
Pages: 18
PDF File Size: 5.34 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.12 Mb
ISBN: 172-9-56422-582-2
Downloads: 15295
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kajira

You make the seasons to bring into being all your creatures; Winter to cool them, And the heat of summer to come from you.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. 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. One wonders therefore if there is a hymnn case for some dependency of the later on the earlier. University of Michigan Press.

To chirp with all his might. Your rays embrace the lands and all you have created; You are Re and reach out to all your creations, and hold them for your beloved Son. InFlinders Petrie wrote:. It talks about the conception and birth of children. Akhenaten states that the sun took it’s throne in heaven and that is when life began.

However, his purpose in writing the poem could be linked to his own political and social agenda in regards to his position as king of Egypt. With the poem heavily written in the mindset of nature, life snu the relationship between man and god, Akhenaten uses to his advantage the close relationship between the god and his human counterparts. Since only he knew his father’s mind and will, Akhenaten alone could interpret that will for all mankind with true teaching coming only from him.

Akhenaten’s “Hymn to the Sun”.

Dust: Psalm and Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

Akhenaten states in lines 89 and 90 “You make Hapy, the Nile, stream through the underworld, and bring him, with whatever fullness you will, It seeks to flatter and worship Aten so that he will continue to bless his son the pharaoh and his obedient followers.


This Hymn leaves a question that no one can truly answer. Human nature is presented in this poem through the discussions of the human life cycle. The long version ghe in this article was found in the tomb of the courtier and later Pharaoh Ay.

Akhenaten’s Hymn to the Sun

Some of the conventions of amhenaten poetry genre often include many references of symbolic means, alliteration, rhythm, and descriptive or flowery language as it tells a story in a verse.

In his book Reflections on the PsalmsC. The God was the answer of all bymn. The same holds true for Christians in the last few verses of Psalm However, the setting would change the entire tone of the hymn.

No doubt the Hebrew is the later by some years – at least. You are in my heart and none other knows thee But your son “Akhenaten”; You have given him understanding of your designs and your power.

Great Hymn to the Aten – Wikipedia

College EssaysEssays — kajarebecca 3: Evidence of a plot within this work is not seen. Akhenaten claimed in his poem that he was the only one who could understand the Sun God and practice his principles. 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. They wash their limbs and take up their clothes and dress; They raise their arms to you in adoration.


If all their possessions were stolen They would know it not. He brought peace, created business and purposes for people. You must be logged in to post a comment.

Redford argued that 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. 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.


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. To a Christian it is God that sets on a throne in heaven and it is God that created life. However, powers were divided due to existence of many Gods. 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.

Great Hymn to the Aten

He credits James Henry Breasted with the popularisation of them as hymns saying that Breasted erroneously fo 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. All sources of life and true happiness come from Aten.

The people of the world are in your hand Just as you have created them. Through the sun they thrive together living in harmony and using each other to prosper and grow. You make millions of forms out of you alone, Towns and villages, fields, roads and river.

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