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Amun

  • Profile

    Amun is a pretty complicated guy. The name "Amun" means "the secret/hidden one", and isn't even his real name. According to legend, his real name is—wait for it—a secret. He started out as a small-time god in Thebes, but as Thebes became a more powerful city, Amun became a more powerful god. He got to be such a powerful figure that he even started to take on the identities of gods who were already around. First, he totally replaced Montu, the Theban god of war who was previously The Big Cheese. His biggest transformation was into Amun-Re, an aspect of the sun god. You'd think that rocketing from small-town fame to being "King of the gods" in under ten years would go to a guy's head, but not with him. Having his own humble roots, he was known as a god who stood up for the poor.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Amun

    Nickname

    Amon, Amun-Re, Great Cackler, Master of the Head-Band

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Thebes

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    King of the gods, Protector of the poor

    Education

    I'll never tell

    Beliefs

    Political views

    New Kingdom Theban Party

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    I'm… my own parent. Don't worry about it.

    Siblings

    None

    Children

    Khonsu (with Mut)

    Friends

    Khonsu, Mut, Re, Horakhty, Min, I'm pretty friendly with everyone

    Enemies

    No one, really. Maybe Apep/Apophis. That guy's kind of a hater in general.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Formerly married to Amaunet; Married to Mut

    Interested in

    Truth, Justice, Fairness, Stoicism

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Star Trek (Original Series) 
    Boston Legal 
    Doctor Who (An ancient, time-traveling smart guy who stays young forever and loves the human race. Oh, and no one knows his real name. What's not to love?) 

    Quotations

    "The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries."
    – Carl Sagan

    "If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning."
    – C.S. Lewis

    "If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine."
    – Che Guevara

    "The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms."
    – Lao Tzu

    "Human being to the mob—What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a god?"
    – "No Church in the Wild", Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean

    Books

    Watchmen by Alan Moore (Dr. Manhattan bears a certain undeniable resemblance to me: blue, god-like, and cosmic) 
    Beowulf (I love anonymous authors. No one knows the name of the author of Beowulf, but he or she is essentially immortal through their work. You don't need a name to be insanely famous) 
    Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams (The title pretty much says it all)
    "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov (This is a famous sci-fi short story about humans and very powerful computers. I don't want to spoil the ending, but... well, I liked it a lot) 
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Existential storytelling at its most beat) 
    The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green (I am all about helping my less-fortunate bros. Plus, who doesn't love a good adventure story?) 
    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (Okay, so this is a kid's book, but this little guy, Harold, creates an entire universe with a purple crayon. He reminds me of my youth. *Sniffle*)  
    Gwendolyn the Miracle Hen by Nancy Sherman (Laying eggs to benefit the poor. I love both of these things!) 
    The Will to Power by Friedrich Nietzsche (This is a book about human desire reach the highest attainable position. I might not be a human, but quickly moving up in the ranks is something I know a lot about.) 
    Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (Be well informed so you can stand up with people who are under-paid and under-represented. We're all in this life together, gods and mortals, rich and poor.)  

    Music

    Eye In The Sky by The Alan Parson's Project (The Eye in the Sky is the Eye of Ra. Um, spoiler alert?)  
    Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison 
    This Time Tomorrow by The Kinks 
    Jenny From the Block by Jennifer Lopez (Used to have a little, now I have a lot)
    A Glorious Dawn by autotuned Carl Sagan, ft. Stephen Hawking 
    Born This Way by Lady Gaga (The video has some very interesting birth-of-cosmic-beings scenes and is rumored to have a bunch of Illuminati references. 
    The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga (I sang this a lot right before I got super popular) 
    Star Trek: Tik Tok by Ke$ha, with some YouTube help (I see myself in Spock. Plus, how do you know I don't like to party? Sometimes I party.) 

    Movies

    Stargate 
    The Mummy 
    Watchmen 
    Star Trek (2009) (Space and crazy time travel! I really love space. It was my first home, you know?) 
    Mulholland Drive (Pretty much any David Lynch movie is going to be insanely mysterious. Just try to figure out the point.) 
    A Fistful of Dollars (Clint Eastwood plays The Man with No Name in this classic Western) 
    City Lights 
    Blade Runner (Future dystopia sci-fi noir. Ethical dilemmas brought to you by Harrison Ford.) 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    The Royal Ascot (Those hats, man. So tall. So good.)
    Sherlock Holmes 
    The Blue Man Group
    The word "aloof"
    Spock 

    Interests

    Social Justice
    Political Science
    Existentialism
    Astronomy and Cosmology
    Oology (the study of birds' eggs)

    Groups

    Illuminati 
    Anonymous Anonymous
    Occupy Movement 

  • Spotter's Guide

    If you want to find Amun, you might have to try pretty hard. He's a very secretive guy. If you're lucky enough to be a pharaoh, you'll probably have better luck. Not only will he help you reign justly and wisely, but he'll sleep with your wife so you have godly children (this is a good thing), and sit with you in the afterlife while you... eat the organs of the other gods. If you're not a pharaoh, try a temple in Karnak. If you confess your sins to him, he might help you out. Kind of a weird guy, but we have yet to hear a complaint about him. If push comes to shove, just look for the blue guy wearing the super tall hat.

    Sex: Male
    Age: In his prime
    Build: Average height, very fit
    Complexion: Blue, sometimes brown
    Hair Color: Unknown. Always hidden by fancy hats. Assumed black (the color of his goatee)
    Facial Hair: Long, curved goatee
    Scars/marks/tattoos: N/A
    Jewelry and accessories: A headdress, a staff, sometimes an ankh or an—ahem—erect phallus.
    Clothing: White skirt, sometimes a corset, a huge headband with two super-tall feathers
    Armor: N/A
    Type of Weapon: Scimitar

    Typical Companions

    Mut (wife)
    Khonsu (son)

    Known Hangouts

    Thebes
    Temples
    Voids/Vacuums
    Places where there are geese

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Statuette of Amun

    This statue of Amun was built right at the end of Amun's godly predominance. He's missing the big feathers in his cap, but otherwise it's in great condition. Solid gold, super beautiful, and if you happen to visit NYC you can go see it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Phoenix on the Sword (1932) and Conan: Book of Thoth (2006)

    Thoth-Amon is a dark wizard who is Conan's arch-nemesis. His first appearance was in 1932, in one of the very first Conan stories. Then, when Conan comics became the cool thing, he was in some of those, too. He makes a bonus appearance in the incredibly cheesy 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Conan the Destroyer.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Marvel's Strange Tales (1959) and Thor

    Ammon Ra popped up in Marvel's Strange Tales in an issue of Thor in 1982, only this portrayal of Amun was actually as a different aspect of Atum. (Sounds like somebody didn't do their research.) The character also appears in a few issues of Uncanny X-Men.

    Dec 20, 1992

    "Amun's Blessing"

    This intense poem is from a book about the pharaoh Akhenaten by Australian poet Dorothy Porter. Akhenaten is famous for being one of the only pharaohs (and definitely the most vocal) to not worship Amun during the New Kingdom period.

    Dec 20, 1999

    The Mummy

    Though the god doesn't pop up in flesh and blood, per se, the fictional Book of Amun Ra is a major plot device in this film. It's a shiny gold book full of spells that can counter those in the Book of the Dead.

    "Song of Amun Ra"

    This is a contemporary poem for Amun-Ra, with lots of very serious religious intent. There is a group of American Muslims who have incorporated ancient Egyptian beliefs into their own scriptures.