The Circle and the Wheel and the Sundoor


[aras-image:2Ak.616,b,10,,,Figure 35 Akhenaten and Nefertiti seated opposite one another below sun-disk.]
[aras-image:2Ak.190,,13,,,Figure 36 Sun scarab.]

An Egyptian relief from the XVIIIth Dynasty shows Amenhotep and Nefertiti with a sundisk above and between them with rays coming down to affirm their divine incarnation of the sun itself. The Egyptians being a desert people has a highly differentiated vision of the sun. They have at least three different images for the sun. The first of these is the scarab, the sun in the morning, for the rebirth of the sun warms the day and the beetle is born out of the ball of dung.