NEFERTITI– Beautiful and Powerful Queen of Ancient Egypt.
Queen Nefertiti was one of the most powerful and mysterious Egyptian queens in ancient Egypt. She was a queen, the Great Royal Wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten.
In wall paintings within tombs and temples Nefertiti is depicted as an equal alongside her husband – much more often than any queen in Egyptian history. She is often seen in positions of authority and power, such as smiting her enemies or driving a chariot. Traditionally only Egyptian pharaohs would be represented this way, which goes to show what a powerful and well-respected figure she was at the time.
Historians are not sure where Nefertiti’s origins lie or who her parents were, but the popular theory is that she was the daughter of Ay, who later became pharaoh. Another theory is that Nefertiti was Tadukhipa, the Mitanni princess.
Akhenaten and Nefertiti were known for their worship of the sun god Aten and they started a religious revolution. Together they created a new belief system that changed the ways of religion within Egypt. The country went through a major change – shifting to worshipping one god only rather than being polytheistic and worshipping many gods.
Around the 12th year of Akhenaten’s rule, Queen Nefertiti disappeared from the historical records. There are some theories about what happened to her. Some historians believe she died of the Plague, while others believe that she took on a new identity as a man and become co-regent to the pharaoh. However, no one knows for sure what the truth is behind the mystery of Nefertiti’s disappearance. ~ Osiris Tours
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