Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Great Hymn to the Aten

When I was a kid I was fascinated by Ahkenaten and Nefertiti.  The idea of a high leader attempting to alter the way an entire nation thought and felt was astounding.  Considering the vast amounts of power pharoahs were alloted I was was shocked that he was the only one to try.  There was a, practically arbitrary, shift in religion and art.  New god, new style.  I was always curious if it was an attempt to enlighten the masses or simply fascist megalomania or a semi-psychotic break.  If you were granted the power to dismantle westernized christianity and give graffiti it's come-ups, could you resist?

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