What is Aten?

  • (noun): The sun (or solar disc) which was the deity of a monotheistic cult under the Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Aten

Aten (also Aton, Egyptian jtn) is the disk of the sun in ancient Egyptian mythology, and originally an aspect of Ra. The deified Aten is the focus of the monolatristic, henotheistic, or monotheistic religion of Atenism established by Amenhotep IV, who later took the name Akhenaten in worship and recognition of Aten. In his poem "Great Hymn to the Aten", Akhenaten praises Aten as the creator, and giver of life. The worship of Aten was eradicated by Horemheb.

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Tomb Of Meryra - Tomb Layout
... the tomb was originally decorated with inscriptions to the Amarna Royal family and the Aten ... the Akhenaten, and the cartouches of the king, Nefertiti and the Aten ... The door jambs are inscribed with funerary prayers for Akhenaten and the Aten ...
Tomb Of Meryra - Tomb Decorations
... instead focused almost exclusively on Akhenaten and worship of the Aten ... either shows Akhenaten on his way to the temple to appoint Meryra as the High Pries of Aten, or it is simply as example of Merya honored with the presence of the King and Queen at the temple and ... preceding scene, Akhenaten officially declares Merya as the High Priest of Aten ...
Small Aten Temple
... The Small Aten Temple is located in the abandoned city of Akhetaten (modern Amarna, in Egypt) ... in the city, the other being the Great Temple of the Aten ... Original known as the Hwt Aten or Mansion of the Aten, it was probably constructed before the larger Great Temple ...
Amun - New Kingdom - Atenist Heresy
... of Amun and advanced the worship of the Aten, a deity whose power was manifested in the sun disk, both literally and symbolically ... the old deities, and based his religious practices upon the deity, the Aten ... under Akhenaton constructed a "monotheist" worship of Aten in direct competition with that of Amun ...
Royal Titulary - Names Derived From Aten
... Akhenaten "Effective spirit of the Aten." Akhetaten "Horizon of the Aten," Akhenaten's capital ... Ankhesenpaaten "Her life is of the Aten." Beketaten "Handmaid of the Aten." Meritaten "She who is beloved of the Aten." Meketaten "Behold the Aten" or "Protected by Aten." Neferneferuaten "The ...