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Akhet

 
Akhet is an Egyptian symbol that represents the sun rising over a mountain. When the sun appeared on the horizon  at dawn, it was recognized as a sign of rebirth and  renewal and a triumph over darkness. The heretic king Akhenaten believed the akhet appeared on the  horizon to show him where to build Akhet-Aten, his  new city in the desert.  It is translated as "horizon" or "the place in the sky where the sun rises".

Akhet appears in the Egyptian name for the Great Pyramid of Giza (Akhet Khufu), and in the assumed name of Akhetaten, the city founded by pharaoh Akhenaten. It also appears in the name of the syncretized form of Ra and Horus, Ra-Horakhty . In ancient Egyptian architecture, the pylon mirrored the hieroglyph. The symbol is sometimes connected with the Egyptian deity Aker and the astrological sign of Libra.
 

Akhet symbol
Akhet symbol
 

Akhet meaning

 
This word has two meanings in ancient Egypt:- 
 

The exact spot on the horizon where  Nut, the sky goddess, gives birth to Re the sun god  each morning. Egyptian mythology relates that at  the end of each day, when the sun set, the sun god  traveled through the 12 hours of night, crossing the Underworld.

Akhet is the hieroglyph for horizon, and the word akhet is also the name of one of the three seasons in  the ancient Egyptian calendar. It was the first season  after the Egyptian new year and corresponds with  our month of July.
 
Amulets in the shape of the akhet represented Re the sun god and provided powerful  protection to the wearer. Akhet amulets are almost  always redcarved from carnelian or made of red  glass or faience.




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