Amun, king of the gods in ancient Egypt
Amun, king of the gods in ancient Egypt
 
 
The ram was a symbol for Amun
The ram was a symbol for Amun
 
 
Amun and his wife Mut
Amun and his wife Mut
 
 
Bringing gifts to Amun
Bringing gifts to Amun
 
 
A sculpture of the ram
A sculpture of the ram
 
 
Drawing of Amun as a ram
Drawing of Amun as a ram
 
Amun <br>Ancient Egyptian god
Topic(s):   Ancient Egypt

Amun was the king of the gods in ancient Egypt. He was the god of air or wind. His name means hidden one. He was invisible.

Stories about Amun combined him with the sun god. That made him Amun-Re. He was combined with the fertility god, and became Amun-Min. He helped the people of Egypt in wars. He became the god of war as well.

It was said that Amun was his own father. Some stories said he created the world. They say he made the other gods. The Greeks thought Amun was a lot like their god, Zeus. The Romans called him Jupiter Ammon. His wife was the goddess, Mut. His son was the god, Khons.

Amun was the favorite god of many pharaohs. The pharaohs said they were his sons. King Tut-ankh-Amun's name means living image of Amun. Huge temples for Amun were built in Thebes, Luxor and Karnak in Egypt. The priests of Amun became very powerful.

One pharaoh, Akhenaten, decided the main god should be Aten, the sun. He outlawed the worship of Amun. The people of Egypt were not happy. When Akhenaten died, they went back to worshipping Amun.

The goose and the snake sometimes stand for Amun. The ram is his main symbol. Amun is usually shown as a man, often with the head of a ram. He has two, long feathers sticking straight up from the top of his headdress. Sometimes he is blue, the color of the sky.

Resource information

Amon. (2013). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/21208/Amon

Bunson, M. (2002). The encyclopedia of ancient Egypt (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Facts on File Publications.

Carr, K. (2015). Amon. Retrieved from http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/egypt/religion/amon.htm#!

Wilkinson, R. H. (2003). The catalogue of deities. In The complete gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt (pp. 92-97). New York, NY: Thames & Hudson.

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