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The hymn's fourth stanza deals with creativity, but it takes a
very new approach to an ordinary theme. The idea of the
original creation and how the first gods were born are often
referred to through the traditional Egyptian religious forms.
Akhenaten did not completely ignore the creative side of the
way he did with the ideas of the outside world, but his new
philosophy approached creativity from an angle that makes
sense within its focus on the here and now. The original
creation of life is no longer considered, which is not
explained in these hymns, but instead, now emphasis is placed
on the embryology celebrating creation in present. In Great
Hymn, creation is first mentioned in the form of human
pregnancy and childbirth.
“Who makes seed grow in women,
Who creates people from sperm;
Who feeds the son in his mother’s womb,
Who soothes hie to still his tears.” (p.31, line.45-48)
By allowing human sperm and egg to survive and facilitate the
two to fuse together, Aten was determined to help humans
reproduce, they were like a fetus that was developed in the
mother's womb. Aten gives the child the breath and will
"supply his needs" (p.31, line.55) as soon as the baby is born.
The hymn is then approached in a different way to highlight
the creativity in its next example; Akhenaten's philosophy
discusses the maturation of a chicks in an egg, the animal for
which Aten provides the breath of life.
“When the chick in the egg speaks in the shell,
You give him breath within to sustain him;
When you have made him complete,
To break out from the egg,

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