Akhenaten was, without a doubt, one of the most enigmatic and mysterious Pharaohs to rule over the lands of ancient Egypt. He was one of the most controversial and influential Pharaohs of Egypt and is considered one of the world’s most revolutionary religious innovators.
He ruled over the land of the Pharaohs in the Eighteenth dynasty, and he was the father of Tutankhamun and husband to Queen Nefertiti. Interestingly, he was known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV, ruling over Egypt for 17 years.
Akhenaten is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten. The Aten, or commonly referred to as the Sun Disk is referred to, in ancient texts, as a deity in The Story of Sinuhe from the 12th dynasty, in which the deceased king is described as rising as a god to the heavens and uniting with the sun disk, the divine body merging with its maker.
By analogy, the term silver Aten was sometimes used to refer to the moon. The solar Aten was extensively worshipped as a god in the reign of Amenhotep III when it was depicted as a falcon headed man much like Ra. Akhenaten claimed, There is only one God, my father. I can approach him by day, by night. This was a very, very strange statement for the time. Akhenaten could have been the first monotheist in history, a precursor to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Muhammad as prophets who worshipped one God.
According to Egyptian Mythology, he descended from the gods who arrived on Earth at the time of Zep Tepi, and until today, people still believe that this Pharaoh did come from the Stars. Some researchers now consider the Zep Tepi as a historical fact. According to the Pyramid Texts, a period emerged from the primordial chaos and how gods ruled the Earth. This period is called Zep Tepi. According to several researchers, Armando Mei, Zep Tepi is a historical period that can be traced back to a specific date, 36,420 BC.