The Aten is always shown extending its rays to the King and Queen, even Akhenaten’s daughters do not have the rays of the Aten extending to them. The Aten’s rays are shown with hands at the end holding an Ankh to the noses of the King and Queen. What is the significance of the hands? One possibility lies in the legend of Atum, who created the divinities Shu and Tefnut by masturbating. The Egyptian word for hand is feminine and the “God’s Wife of Amun” is sometimes referred to as “The God’s Hand”. Possibly the hands of the Aten have a relation to the reproductive power of the Aten?
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