Amun Ra

He is the ultimate god of entire ancient Egypt; many of the Egyptians considered him as the God of Kings and King of Gods! He is the oldest and the most worshipped ruler of ancient Egypt.

Amun Ra simply means: Hidden Light (Amun= Gidden and Ra= Light

In Egyptian mythology, Amun is the ram with extremely curved horns; ram signifies fertility, as symbolized by ram’s great proactive and fertile energy! Legend says that pharaohs always liked to call themselves as “beloved of Amun”, meaning that they were the real representatives of the god of fertility. As a pharaoh was the “Son of Ra”, it was natural to call the god Amun as the father of the Monarch. Amun was the god of the Thebal capital and as a result, he was so successful in attaining the status of the supreme god of the whole kingdom. The almighty god Amun personifies the Sun God and the Sun is the symbol of birth and energy.

Recent research findings show us that Amun (Amen or Amon) is a modern god, within the ambits of Egyptian mythology. Historians also believe that the famous Sun temple as the capital of Thebes was recorded only during the period of 11th dynasty and onwards. The god Amun was so successful in replacing that irrepressible god of war, Montu, as the main god of Thebes during the early periods of the New Kingdom; during this interlude, he started getting his recognition as the King of Gods.

With Egypt’s prominence in the worldwide political and social scenarios, he also gained popularity as a universal god.

  • By the end of the 25th dynasty, Amun Ra was considered as the chief god of the Nubian kingdom of Napata,
  • During the early Greek civilizations, Greeks considered him the Egyptian synonym of Zeus!

However, another inscription of the pyramid text procured from the Old Kingdom of Fifth dynasty shows him to be the main deity and a rare symbol of universal force; this lone inscription seems to assign the theory that the great Sun God had his own charisma and magnetism.

God Amun was also the most important god among the octet of Ogdoad gods of Hermopolis and it is here, where people started worshipping Amun in a significant way. However, Nubians of ancient Egypt believed that Amun took his birth in a place called Gebel Barkal in the northern part of present Sudan.

 

What They Say

Pic This identification led to another merger of identities, with Amun becoming Amun-Ra. In the Hymn to Amun-Ra he is described as "Lord of truth, father of the gods, maker of men, creator of all animals, Lord of things that are, creator of the staff of life."..."

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