Re: hatshepsut's god and scenes painted at Dier el Bahri
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Posted by laura (126.96.36.199) on June 08, 2001 at 09:26:50:
In Reply to: hatshepsut's god and scenes painted at Dier el Bahri posted by laura on April 28, 2001 at 07:51:01:
: who was hatshepsut's speacial god and how did she show her devotion to him?
: what do scenes painted on the walls at Dier el Bahri tell us about Hatchepsut's achievemnets?
Hatshepsuts special god was Amun.
It was the god of her father, the
god of the Old Kingdom, which
she sought to restore. Because
she felt that her father was
Amun, she venerated him in the
building of temples, making of
offerings and decorating of his
image. Rituals were done daily
along with the cult of Hathor/Sekhmet.
Her relationship with Amun
solidified her image as the chosen
of her divine/earthly father/god/
pharoah, important in maintaining
her control over the pharonacy.
It was paramount for the Pharoah
to have been divinely chosen. By
keeping this element consistent,
she allayed the fears of people
who thought it might be "unnatural"
for a woman to be Pharoah.
As in law today, aside from wanting to
rule to restore the Old Order,
she was probably creating precedent
to install her daughter on the
throne over Thutmose III who was
born to a lesser wife (and possibly
not of pure blood).
Blood, the restoration of the Old
Kingdom and veneration of her
father, whom she adored, were very
important to her.