Tuesday, December 16, 2008
And the Infamy Begins
In this picture Nefertiti is depicted giving offerings to the sun god Ra. Nefertiti played a big role in the religious reform, during the time that Nefertiti and Akhenaten were trying to convert Egypt to Monotheism. It was originally Amenhotep III, Akhenaten's radical daddy, who wanted to worship Ra only. When he died, Akhenaten and Nefertiti inherited the task of getting the ball rolling on the religious reform, (ooh, fun!)Akhenaten changed his name from Amonhotep IV to Akhenaten, meaning beams of Aten (another name for Ra). The biggest part Nefertiti played in the religious reform was starting the cult that rejected the other gods and goddesses and only recognizing Ra as a god, or the god, I guess. Anyway, Nefertiti fully supported her husband's teachings and even helped create new religious ceremonies. The coolest part is that the Egyptians thought that they would only receive Ra's blessings through Nefertiti and Akhenaten together. Awww, so sweet! Apparently, later on after Egypt started to settle down a little, Akhenaten was starting to regret reverting Egypt and Nefertiti still thought it was the right thing, and, viola, she was banished (maybe) just like that. (So now is when Akhenaten banishes her for defying him? He's just a little late for that...) And this is where things start going haywire. Just because Nefertiti disagrees with Akhenaten, her popularity plummets and things go way down for her.