Amun-Ra, Egyptian King of the Gods

Amun-Ra, Egyptian King of the Gods

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Caption: Bronze statue of the Egyptian God Amun-Ra, Egypt, Late Period (664-332 BC). Amun was a local deity of Thebes. After the rebellion of Thebes against the Hyksos and with the rule of Ahmose I, Amun acquired national importance, expressed in his fusion with the Sun god, Ra, as Amun-Ra. His position as King of Gods developed to the point of virtual monotheism where other gods became manifestations of him. With Osiris, Amun-Ra is the most widely recorded of the Egyptian gods. Primarily, the god of wind Amun came to be identified with the solar god Ra and the god of fertility and creation Min, so that Amun-Ra had the main characteristic of a solar god, creator god and fertility god.

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