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Aten

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Aten's a bit of a loner— probably because he doesn't give a donkey's donut when it comes to any of the other Egyptian deities. He prefers to shine solo over them, chilling in the sky. After all, he's the sun itself, hanging out above everything. No, not the god of the sun, the actual gigantic disk of fire that illuminates all. Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti are his BFFs--they worship him at their special capital at Amarna (a.k.a. Akhetaten) that they built just for him. Aten even has tiny little hands that extend down from the sun rays that he uses to give his worshipers itty-bitty hugs.

Basic Information

Name

Aten

Nickname

Aten Outta Ten, Sunny D

Sex

Male

Current city

Amarna (Akhetaten), but you know, I shine in every city.

Work & Education

Occupation

Sole god of Egypt (sun-pun intended) and patron of Akhenaten

Education

There's nothin' new under the sun. I'm just that bright.

Beliefs

Political views

Pro-Akhenaten

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

I can't remember who my folks are!

Siblings

None

Children

Akhenaten sometimes says he's the son of the sun. I don't remember fathering him, but whatever.

Friends

Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Amenhotep III, cold-blooded animals, people who like gettingtheir tan on.

Enemies

Tutankhamen, Ay, Horemheb (they destroyed my worship!); all the other Egyptian gods

Relationships

Relationship status

I ride solo, yo.

Interested in

More worshipers!

Favorites

TV Shows

3rd Rock from the Sun

From Pharaohs to Facebook: Egypt Today
What is this "Facebook"? A book of the face? I prefer scrolls of papyrus. But they still need to have my face in them.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Akhenaten and Nefertiti
Most beautiful couple. Ever. Get out the way, Jay and Bey.

Quotations

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." – Buddha

"He says: Thou appearest beautifully on the horizon of heaven,
Thou living Aton, the beginning of life!
When thou art risen on the eastern horizon,
Thou hast filled every land with thy beauty." – Akhenaten, The Great Hymn to the Aten

"It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof."– Bill Gates

"I don't get no respect!" – Rodney Dangerfield

"If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god." – Napoleon Bonaparte

"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." – John F. Kennedy

Books

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (All of Akhenaten's men worshipped me.)  
The Shining by Stephen King (To be entirely honest, I didn't read past the title page. But hey, I liked where it was going!)
Akhenaten: King of Egypt by Cyril Aldred
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Yes, I do. Why was there even a question? Some profound meteorological work you're doing over there, Ernie.)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (What happens when the sun's out of the picture? That's right, vampires. Hope you learn your lesson.)
Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Amarna was our town - mine and Akhy's... Sigh.)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (SO. SCARY.)
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
A Raisin In The Sun by August Wilson

Music

Revolution by The Beatles (Akhy started a religious revolution when he made me deity-in-chief.)
A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke (Yes, it did! Go, Amarna, go.)
Sun is Shining by Bob Marley
Ray of Light by Madonna (My rays of light have hands at the end holding ankhs, usually.)
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (This was my motto after Akhenaten died.)
House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
You're Beautiful by James Blunt (What Akhenaten sang to Nefertiti, and what everyone sings to me.)
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

Movies

Sunshine 
Bet you can't guess why I'm a fan.

Nefertiti, regina del Nilo
What a glamorous '60s flick about my fave lady.

Shine a Light

Mysteries of Egypt
There are so many. For example, how come pizza rolls are so tasty? I think that's in there.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Truly Jim Carrey at his finest.

Independence Day

Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire
A bit over-dramatic, but fun.

Little Miss Sunshine
I don't know what this movie is. This girl isn't my daughter.

Activities & Interests

Likes

Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Kanye West
Mario Sunshine
Orange Juice
Sundance Film Festival
Community Gardening
Being the Center of Attention
Stunna Shades
Miss July

Interests

Religious studies
Heliology
Hymnology
Astronomy
Optics
Agriculture

Groups

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