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also A·ton  (ät′n)
n. Mythology
An Egyptian god of the sun, regarded during the reign of Akhenaten as the only god.

[Egyptian jtn.]

A′ten·ism′ (ät′n-ĭz′əm) n.
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the monotheistic religious system of the Egyptian pharaoh Ikhnaton, emphasizing the worship of the sun god Aten (Aton).
See also: God and Gods
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Wallis Budge, Tutankhamen: Amenism, Atenism and Egyptian Monotheism (New York: Bell Publishing Company, 1971; originally 1923), 55-152.
A concise discussion of how the city's architects built on virgin ground in adherence with the king's geographical and architectural prescriptions to facilitate the practice of Atenism describes the palaces, temples, and the activities carried out within them.
Much has already been written about the tomb of this young king; the current authors miss an opportunity to delve into such issues as how Atenism was received by the Egyptian people and the agenda of Tutankhamun's advisors in attempting to eradicate it from memory.
Assmann) who adopted Atenism, the revolutionary monotheistic religion introduced by Ikhnaton.
By arguing that Moses was an Egyptian nobleman and the religion he espoused was really borrowed from Atenism, Freud totally undermines the authority of the religion as a familial, tribal, or national phenomenon.
Just as Islam gave the only and absolute validity to the image of the lunar crescent as a divine sign, Atenism had no totemic or animal parallels and was purely symbolised as light.
Readers who are unfamiliar with the history of Atenism might be surprised to learn in this way that Akhenaten's own program had precedence in his father's court.