Amon also spelt
Amen, Amun
Amon (originally possibly sounding like: Yamanu) was originally a local god from Thebes and became po- pular in the New Kingdom when kings from there came to power. His name meant "the hidden one" suggesting that he once had been an invisible natural spirit of some sort. He was concidered to be self-made and was incorporated into the old myths of creation. Texts from the Old Kingdom mention him as connected with the force of life and tell about his very rare female counterpart Amonet. His lofty po- sition gave him the title "lord of all gods" and he was given many attributes. Many statues and temples were erected for his cult and kings took his name. He was seen as a handsome simply dressed man, with a red crown with two feathers. His animal was a ram.
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