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?