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The Festival On Which Amun Went Out To The Treasury

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Festivals during which the bark of Amun was carried out of his temple of Karnak in order to visit neighboring sanctuaries played a considerable role in the annual religious calendar at Thebes from the beginning of the New Kingdom onward. The best known of these outings are those which conducted the god southwards from Karnak towards the temple of Luxor on the festival of Opet, and that which took him to the west, across the river to Deir el-Bahari, during the Beautiful Feast of the Valley. The temple built by Tuthmosis I at Karnak North was dedicated to Amun. During the Amarna period, all the festivals of Amun were, presumably, in abeyance, and it is apparent from what remains of the decoration of Tuthmosis I's temple and bark shrine that the latter underwent rough handling on the part of Akhenaten's agents of destruction.

Keywords: Amarna period; Amun; temple of Karnak



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