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"Ich Spreche Ständig Zu Aton...": Zur Menschgott-beziehung in Der Amarna Religion

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Very little is known about the impact of the Amarna revolution on individual religious feeling and belief. This article gathers various traces of individual religiosity at Amarna. Traditional divine forces (Toeris, Bes, Hathor), and the king, but also the god Aten could be addressed as guarantors of health and prosperity. Several sources show that individuals of varying social status could have knowledge of and direct contact with Aten, despite the assertion in the Great Hymn that these were exclusively royal privileges. The expression of individual religiosity was possible within the context of Amarna religion in forms that continue earlier ways of approaching the divine and prefigure Ramesside modes of expression of personal piety.


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