First I have to say: Congrats to Katie Hamstead for the release of
Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh!
Since today is the release day and Katie Hamstead is doing a blog hop
I’m going to talk about Egypt.
I chose the implementation of Atenism since it’s something that appears
in the novel and left me curious.
In the early years of his reign, Amenhotep IV lived at Thebes with
Nefertiti and his 6 daughters. Initially, he permitted worship of Egypt's
traditional deities to continue.
The relationship between Amenhotep IV and the priests of Amun-Re
gradually deteriorated. In Year 5 of his reign, Amenhotep IV took decisive
steps to establish the Aten as the exclusive, monotheistic god of Egypt: the
pharaoh "disbanded the priesthoods of all the other gods...and diverted
the income from these [other] cults to support the Aten". To emphasize his
complete allegiance to the Aten, the king officially changed his name from
Amenhotep IV to Akhenaten or 'Living Spirit of Aten. Akhenaten's fifth year
also marked the beginning of construction on his new capital, Akhetaten or
'Horizon of Aten', at the site known today as Amarna.
Initially, Akhenaten presented Aten as a variant of the familiar supreme
deity Amun-Re. However, by Year 9 of his reign, Akhenaten declared that Aten
was not merely the supreme god, but the only god, and that he, Akhenaten, was
the only intermediary between Aten and his people. He ordered the defacing of
Amun's temples throughout Egypt and, in a number of instances; inscriptions of
the plural 'gods' were also removed. Source:Wikipedia.
Okay now to what you came here, the hieroglyphic. Here it is:
Remember so you can be able to participate you have to sign up here to
join in. All you need to do is write a blog post about Egypt and find the six
hieroglyphs hidden throughout the hop. The first person will win a grand prize
and she'll have a runner up too! So spread the word, get sign ups and let's
make this fun.
But don’t forget to buy Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh! I’m sure you’ll enjoy
it as much as I did. Trust me! Okay now go visit the other participating blogs, below are the links: