It seems that Egypt has always fascinated me, starting no doubt, with the Saturday Matinee Horror movies where Mummies returned to life in honor of the God Mayhem.
Then when in High School, we studied Ancient Egypt as part of Social Studies and just LOVED it.
Presently, what was taught then has been proven incorrect if not outright wrong due
to the advances in technology today, and I find it riveting. Not because I had been there in an earlier life, THAT was the Pharaoh Rameses of the Great Exodus and Birth Control.
The most celebrated Egyptian Pharaoh by far, is the ‘Boy King’ Tutankhamun (Toot-awnk-ah-moon: beloved of Amun: Egypt’s main God) who was actually born Tutankhaten (Aw-Ten: beloved of Aten: The Sun
God and the ONE God, thanks to his Akhenutbar father) being the son of ‘The Heretic King’ Akhenaten ( Aw-Ken-Nah-Ten) and his father’ s own sister (making him Akenaughty in my book, and her~ his Mother/Aunt) and this incestuous start was
the true cause and resolution of a 3,000 year old mystery.
After eons of a panoply of Egyptian Gods of every stripe, from which came employment and POWER for the Priests, Akhenaten (Ken), stripped them, and the
entire country of this Pagan Polytheism (awk! Polly wanna theism!), leaving them without Ptah, Nut and Bas (that Bas-tard!) among others to kick around anymore!
This was replaced with what we know as Mono-Theism
(Stereo/Quad Theism being kicked to the curb) which was ONE God, period…starting to sound familiar? This was long ere Christianity became a concept remember, just sayin’ not for Naten.
pissed EVERYBODY (else) off and caused Akhenaten (Nate) to move the Capital to the middle of a desert (all the while whistling ‘Little Sister’ an early Egyptian song by the God El-Vis, Popular Music being his bailiwick, and would recreate himself
3,000 years later) and had a city built to his One God at a place called Akhetaten (oh boy! His version of AkheManhatten no doubt) and changed it to Amarna (….sigh), because he couldn’t leave things well enough alone, including his sister, Tsk…that
wasn’t her name (Tsk) I was saying shame on you! So you’re Jerry Lee Lewis now?
The Priest Class was now re-removed from Power, Theosophicaly and Geographicaly (neither were Gods) making it harder to
remain in their elevated positions of Privilege and to keep the common people under control with afterlife afterthoughts of lakes of fire, nasty serpents and being judged without legal representation ( a short, bandy legged Scribe with a forked tongue and
a Legal size Papyrus pad) with options of eternal damnation (and no plea bargaining) or loafing about in the Fields of Content, a gated community….still sounding familiar?
So while the Pharaoh was right chuffed
about HIS lot in life, the Priesthood not so much; if was either Pheast or Phamine for them.
But, Karma is a bitch, and Akhenaten died and King Tuts daddy became a mummy, much cursed and reviled.